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Pitt tinkering with backup QB at tight end

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Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Pitt backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez has been practicing with the tight ends for the past two days.

"I called him Slash today," coach Todd Graham said.

Graham explained that Gonzalez's first position remains quarterback, and the redshirt freshman from Bethlehem Liberty High School played exceptionally well behind center in the team's first scrimmage Sunday.

But Graham added: "We think he is too good an athlete to be sitting over there as the third-team quarterback. We were somewhat impressed. We are going to use him in a dual role."

» The most distressing news of camp is the injury to starting wide receiver Devin Street. Graham stopped short of calling it a concussion, telling reporters that it's a "bell-rung deal." But Street hasn't appeared at practice — even just to watch — since suffering the injury in a drill Monday morning.

"He's recovering," Graham said. "It's just going to be a process. He didn't get a lot of sleep (Monday night), and we just wanted to have somebody monitor him and let him get some rest today. It wouldn't do any good (for Street) to go out there and stand in the sun."

» Wide receiver Cameron Saddler and cornerback K'Waun Williams missed practice for the second consecutive day after suffering head injuries. Saddler said he hopes to return Wednesday.

"I'm tired of watching people make plays," he said. "I want to make plays myself."

» The Pitt/Notre Dame game is set for a noon kickoff Sept. 24 at Heinz Field. It will be televised nationally by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

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