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Wannstedt's Take: Facing Iowa

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt on ...

Coming off the bye week :

"As we get back into our game routine this week, I believe we had a very beneficial bye week for us. I'm curious to see how it translates on Saturday. I know that from a coaching perspective, we were able to cover a lot of situations and clean up a lot of things that needed to be addressed."

Scoring early against an Iowa defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown through the first three games :

"For our offense, I think it's important from a confidence standpoint. I think we've done some good things and had some nice drives, and we have to go out and do it again against a team like Iowa. Our players have been watching a lot of tape and know what kind of players they have and the challenges ahead."

Iowa using two quarterbacks :

"I've obviously watched a lot of tape and watched both play. (Ricky) Stanzi might have a bit of a stronger arm and he might be a little bit more accurate, but he's probably not as athletic (as Jake Christensen). But they aren't going to change their offense, regardless of who is at quarterback. We'll prepare for both. Obviously, one's right-handed and the other is left-handed, but that won't change our preparation much."

Playing a team with a big offensive line :

"I relate this team a lot to the Michigan State team we played a year ago. I think our conditioning is better and I think we're stronger. We're not going to be physically pound-for-pound as big as these teams, but I think our quickness and the strength of our players will show up. They're physical, strong and tough, but I don't see it as a mismatch like I would have maybe two years ago."




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