Pitt notebook: Chryst ready to 'tighten things down' for season
• Coach Paul Chryst said he won't start making specific preparations for the Aug. 30 opener against Delaware until Sunday, but he believes the time has come to get ready for the season. “You just can't be in that ‘it's-just-camp' mode,” he said. “You have to turn the page and tighten things down.” Does that mean he is close to making a final determination on starting jobs, especially on the offensive line, in the secondary and at third wide receiver? Of course, he wasn't saying, and wide receivers coach Greg Lewis also was vague. But after a few days of experimenting with Jaryd Jones-Smith at offensive left tackle and Adam Bisnowaty at left guard, Chryst returned to the original five, with Bisnowaty and T.J. Clemmings at tackle, Dorian Johnson and Matt Rotheram at guard and Artie Rowell at center. Asked about Johnson, Chryst said: “I like the progress he has made.”
• Chryst usually is patient with mistakes, treating them as learning tools. But now that the team has entered camp's third week, there might be less tolerance. “Mistakes in week 1 and week 2, we learn from them,” he said. “But week 3, we have to own them and clean them up.”
• Chryst said he is “not at all” comfortable with the team's readiness. “We've got a lot to do.” Asked to evaluate film study of the scrimmage Saturday, he said: “If it was a game, I don't think we would have been real happy with it.”
• Reggie Mitchell continued to work with the first team at cornerback. The last three days of training camp, starting Tuesday when a scrimmage is scheduled, will determine if Mitchell keeps the job or Trenton Coles gets it back.
• Freshman linebacker Jamal Davis remains out of practice while the NCAA clearinghouse determines his eligibility.
— Jerry DiPaola
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