Pitt notebook: Street sits practice, transfer WR Ford will dress
Pitt senior receiver Devin Street wasn't dressed for Tuesday's practice in preparation for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance against Bowling Green on Thursday at Ford Field.
Coach Paul Chryst declined comment on injury updates following practice, but Street is listed as questionable according to a Pitt official.
Meanwhile, former Syracuse transfer, wide receiver Dontez Ford, who enrolled at Pitt in January, will make his first appearance for the Panthers after sitting out two semesters due to NCAA transfer guidelines.
“I just found out about this a few weeks ago. It hit me by surprise,” Ford said. “Coach walked up to me in the locker room one day and asked, ‘Are you ready?' I was sitting there like, ready for practice? And he said, ‘No, you're going to have to suit up for this game.' ”
Ford, a Sto-Rox graduate who had been on scout team for a majority of the season, said he had to play catch-up with the playbook.
“The first week was pretty tough, but eventually it just became a matter of learning the concepts because I pretty much had to learn the entire offense,” he said. “Once you know it, you move wherever you have to go and make plays.”
Chryst said he isn't totally sure what Ford's role will be Thursday, but expects him to play some receiver and believes he can help on special teams.
Ford will wear No. 32 during the game rather than his listed No. 12 uniform because placekicker Chris Blewitt already wears No. 12 and the two cannot have the same number on special teams.
Pitt faces MAC's top ‘D'
The BGSU defense ranks No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense. The Falcons allow 308.7 yards per game, 74.1 yards fewer than any other MAC team.
BGSU kept Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch in check during the MAC Championship game Dec. 6. Lynch went 21 of 40 for 219 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Falcons held him to only 135 yards rushing on their way to a 47-27 victory inside Ford Field.
“They made it hard on him (Lynch) and were really efficient in the red zone and efficient on third down,” Chryst said. “I think they have a really good defensive scheme and it looks like the players know it, understand it and trust it, so they are playing fast.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pitt running out of options to slow down Georgia Tech offense
- Pitt notebook: Narduzzi still has faith in WR Weah
- Pitt overcomes adversity, Virginia to improve to 4-1
- Pitt notebook: Efficient Pitt QB Peterman learns from Virginia fumble
- Pitt notebook: Caprara takes a star turn at unexpected LB position
- Pitt women’s soccer makes history; West Virginia doesn’t want to repeat it
- Same cast, improved results for Pitt defense
- Former Steelers assistant Archer returns to Heinz Field with Virginia
- Pitt O-line responds to coach’s challenge
- Pitt, WR Boyd look to break out against Virginia