Pitt notebook: Beleaguered special teams to keep same approach
Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 7:09 p.m.
• Pitt doesn't have a full-time special teams coach, instead using a committee approach with linebackers coach Chris Haering running many of the drills in practice. Coach Paul Chryst said he won't adjust after the poor showing against Duke. “I'm not saying that the way we have it set up is the best,” he said. “We have to be better. So, as coaches, you say, you know what, we have to do better coaching. But I don't question that part of it right now. There are lot of people with vested interest there, but we have to go do it. We have to improve there.” Pitt allowed an 82-yard punt return, dropped a snap in punt formation in the rain, missed an extra point when the laces were pointed the wrong way and had a field-goal try blocked.
• Tight end Scott Orndoff is one four tight ends with at least one reception, but his two catches come with a twist — both are touchdowns that originated in the red zone. “That's just kind of what tight ends do,” he said.
• Sophomore J.P. Holtz is sharing playing time with three tight ends, including Manasseh Garner and Jaymar Parrish. “J.P is not playing as many snaps as he did last year, but in many ways J.P. is better,” Chryst said. “For us to be as good as we are going to be this year, all four of those guys will be big.”
• Tom Savage, who leads the ACC in passing yardage (287 ypg), was honored with three separate accolades after throwing six touchdown passes against Duke — the most in the ACC since 1999. Savage was named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, the Walter Camp Football Foundation's National Offensive Player of the Week and the ACC's Offensive Back of the Week.
• Wide receivers Devin Street and Tyler Boyd were named ACC Receiver and Rookie of the Week. Boyd won the honor for the second consecutive week.
• Chryst said defensive end Bryan Murphy (ankle) has a chance to return against Virginia after missing the Duke game.
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