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Pitt notebook: No surprises as Panthers settle on starting O-line

By Jerry DiPaola
After some experimentation, Pitt has settled on its five starting offensive linemen, and there is no change from the group that started training camp with the first unit. Left to right, Pitt will line up with tackle Adam Bisnowaty, guard Dorian Johnson, center Artie Rowell, guard Matt Rotheram and tackle …

Pitt, Penn State face competition for ticket sales
By Jerry DiPaola
Before his sales team made one call this year in an attempt to sell Pitt football tickets, Chris Ferris looked around the city. There were concerts at PNC Park, 333 consecutive sellouts at Penguins games, and a waiting list of people hoping to buy Steelers season tickets. Pitt faces formidable …
Pitt trying to keep star playmaker Boyd fresh for the season opener
By Jerry DiPaola
He stood on the sideline, helmet in hand, looking like all he wanted to do was run onto the field and play with the big …
Pitt notebook: Chryst ready to ‘tighten things down’ for season
By Jerry DiPaola
• 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 …
Pitt has no shortage of talented running backs heading into season
By Jerry DiPaola
If he could, Pitt coach Paul Chryst would extend training camp beyond what NCAA rules allow. Not just because he thinks his team needs the …
Pitt assistant strength coach’s battle with cancer inspires players
By Jerry DiPaola
The doctor placed his hand gently on the big man’s shoulder in a gesture of compassion. Kenechi Udeze slapped it away defiantly. “No doctor was …
Pitt notebook: Render proving to be Donald-esque on defense
By Jerry DiPaola
For anyone who misses the big plays Aaron Donald brought to the Pitt defense last season, junior defensive tackle Darryl Render stepped up Saturday and all but shouted, “Don’t forget about me.” Pitt practiced for nearly 21⁄2 hours, with most of the time spent in a tackle-to-the-ground scrimmage that included …
Waiting to be named starter, Pitt QB Voytik keeps working hard
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik couldn’t get a grip. All he could do was laugh when his pass went straight into the grass with a splat. …
Ex-Pitt basketball star Patterson signs overseas
By John Harris
Former Pitt standout Lamar Patterson is following a recent trend established by NBA second-round draft picks who opt to play overseas their first year after …
Pitt football coach Chryst shaking up his team’s depth chart
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst put his team on alert Thursday, indicating few jobs are safe with only one week left in training camp. “I told …
Pitt freshman running backs making steady progress
By Jerry DiPaola
On his best days, Pitt freshman running back Chris James walks off the practice field wearing his shoulder pads proudly. In his mind, his footwork …
Pitt notebook: Pitt offensive line coach ends controversy
By Jerry DiPaola
• Pitt offensive line coach Jim Hueber was quick to defuse any controversy about his starters. “I haven’t moved anybody, really,” he said Wednesday. “I mixed it up a little bit, but I haven’t made a move from the first five guys we put out there.” For a brief time, …
Pitt’s Garner adjusting to receiver role after moving from tight end
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt wide receiver Manasseh Garner ran into a corner of the end zone, twisting his 6-foot-2 frame so he could elude cornerback Ryan Lewis and …
No one will go hungry at Heinz Field this year
By Michael Machosky
The Steelers may or may not post a winning season this year, but at least, they’ll keep their streak of “nobody starves to death at …
Pitt’s Lewis has cornerback pedigree
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt cornerback Ryan Lewis is proud of his uncle Tim. The two talk football whenever they can. “I like to pick his brain every now …
Pitt notebook: Bennett tests shoulder during handoff drills
By Jerry DiPaola
Senior running back Isaac Bennett had his most physical practice of the summer Monday while he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. He participated in inside handoff drills, in which running backs go between the tackles and into heavy traffic. He also landed on his right (non-surgical) shoulder while reaching …