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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Pitt coach Paul Chryst said today that Anthony Gonzalez will return to quarterback this spring after playing H-back last season under the previous coaching staff.

Gonzalez will be one of five quarterbacks on the spring roster, including incumbent Tino Sunseri, who will be a senior after making 26 starts the past two seasons.

Chryst said there will be competition at all positions, but he added, "You have guys who are really well established and they shouldn't get beat out."

Gonzalez, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season, was recruited as a quarterback in 2010 after leading Bethlehem Liberty to a PIAA Class AAAA championship in 2008.

He was moved to H-back where he caught nine passes for 58 yards as a backup. Gonzalez, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, also played quarterback in the Wildcat formation, carrying eight times for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Chryst said he is "kind of curious" to see Gonzalez at quarterback. "But it will be hard (to get all the quarterbacks enough work in the spring). It's going to have to sort itself out a little bit. You just don't have that many reps."

Montour High School graduate E.J. Banks, who will be a junior, is moving from defensive back to quarterback — at least on a temporary basis. The other quarterbacks are freshman Trey Anderson and redshirt freshman Mark Myers.

Incoming freshman quarterback Chad Voytik won't arrive on campus until after he graduates this spring from Cleveland (Tenn.) High School.

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