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Harris to keep quarterbacks away from media

| Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004

The Pitt coach believes more scrutiny will be placed on this year's QBs.

Having learned from the past, Pitt coach Walt Harris said he plans to insulate starting quarterback candidates Tyler Palko and Luke Getsy from the media this year, particularly during training camp.

Harris came to the conclusion for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the mini-media circus that surrounded dueling quarterbacks John Turman and David Priestley four years ago.

"I think, maybe, we were too easily approached, and it made it worse," said Harris, whose team opens camp this morning. "A couple years ago, we were just thankful to have articles written about our program. We just want to handle this differently."

Harris believes more scrutiny would be placed on his current quarterbacks, compared to Turman and Priestley, because both are former WPIAL stars. Palko, who redshirted last season, played at West Allegheny. Getsy, who was 3 of 13 for 32 yards in 2003, played at Steel Valley. The redshirt sophomores have combined for five completions in their careers.

"They're younger, and they're both from this area," Harris said. "We just want to keep things from getting to be too much. I think it's best for both of them."

By shielding the players from the media, Harris believes it will eliminate some distractions.

"These guys are very into it," Harris said of Palko and Getsy. "They're great competitors, and I think they just want to get in there and start getting after it. We'll do everything we can to keep it from being a circus. We need to keep them focused."

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