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Coach Chryst: Pitt offense work in progress

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Monday, March 26, 2012

After the seventh day of spring drills, Pitt coach Paul Chryst admitted Sunday the offense has a "long, long ways to go."

Meanwhile, the defense continued its solid play, with interceptions by linebacker Shane Gordon and safety Ray Vinopal, the latter after a pass breakup by cornerback Cullen Christian.

"Defensively, there are some good things we can build on," Chryst said.

But he wants to reserve judgment on both units until the offense starts offering a bigger challenge.

"As the execution gets better on offense, it will give us a better indication of the defense," he said.

On the move

Former Montour star E.J. Banks moved from quarterback to running back.

"There weren't as many reps to be had at the quarterback spot," Chryst said. "We want to see if we can find a niche for him."

Chryst said there are no plans to move backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez, who is getting far fewer reps than Tino Sunseri and Mark Myers.

"Gonzo is not getting as many, but he is showing some things" Chryst said. "I'm not saying (moving him) won't happen, but I'm not saying we have imminent plans to move Gonzo."

Visitor from Morgantown

Former West Virginia coach Bill Stewart visited practice with his son Blaine, a receiver at Morgantown (W.Va.) High School. Blaine Stewart, a senior-to-be, is considering Pitt, along with Cincinnati, Harvard, Wake Forest, Duke, William & Mary, and VMI.

The elder Stewart, who resigned as WVU coach last year, said he spends most of his time these days "being a dad."

While watching practice, he also spoke with former Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick, who helped lead the Panthers to a 13-9 upset of the Mountaineers in 2007. Stewart, an assistant on that WVU team, said, "We couldn't rattle (Bostick), and we had a defense that could rattle people."

Among several other visitors at practice were South Park coach Tom Loughlin, freshman-to-be Rushel Shell and Metro Index scout Joe Butler.

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