Pitt football notebook: Connor's work ethic a coach's dream
• Pitt running back coach John Settle has been around football for most of the past three decades, but something happening on the practice fields this summer is new to him: He never has seen a player work on both sides of the ball at this level like James Conner. “This is a first,” said Settle, who said he doesn't mind sharing Conner with defensive ends coach John Palermo. “I don't think I can get around that. To (Conner's) credit, he is doing a heckuva job keeping up with both installs. Right now, he is loving the game because he is able to do something that a lot of guys can't do. As a coach, you'd be crazy not to take advantage of it.”
• Every morning, Conner spends several minutes with Palermo, who instructs him on the finer points of rushing the passer, and then he joins the running backs. In 11-on-11 drills, Conner mostly is on offense, but he always slips onto the other side for a few snaps.
• Freshman wide receiver Adonis Jennings suffered what coach Paul Chryst called a “lower-body injury,” and spent most of the morning working with the strength coaches. Meanwhile, sophomore Tyler Boyd, who has become a leader of the young group of wide receivers, kept an eye on Jennings. “No one got pushed harder than Tyler last year,” Chryst said, “so he's not real sympathetic to anybody. He was just making sure (Jennings) stayed on track. And Adonis wanted (Boyd's attention).”
• Among the high school prospects visiting practice Tuesday was Central Catholic safety John Petrishen, who is uncommitted.
• Defensive end David Durham has been nominated for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. The award recognizes community service accomplishments.
— Jerry DiPaola
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 TE Holtz quietly taking on leadership role, setting example
- Pitt running out of options to slow down Georgia Tech offense
- Pitt notebook: Narduzzi still has faith in WR Weah
- Pitt notebook: Efficient Pitt QB Peterman learns from Virginia fumble
- Pitt notebook: Caprara takes a star turn at unexpected LB position
- Same cast, improved results for Pitt defense
- Pitt women’s soccer makes history; West Virginia doesn’t want to repeat it