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Notebook: Dickerson to play vs. Toledo

| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006

Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said freshman Dorin Dickerson will play this week against Toledo, possibly at tailback and receiver and definitely on special teams. Wannstedt said freshman right tackle Jason Pinkston, a converted defensive lineman, is "getting closer" to playing.

"I really wanted to play him last week, and there was a great opportunity to put him in there," Wannstedt said. "I just about threw up when Mike McGlynn got hurt, because Jason's been working as the backup behind him. You don't want to put these guys in a situation where they don't have a chance to succeed, and Jason's been an offensive lineman for 10 days."

• Pitt defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads won't be surprised if Toledo coach Tom Amstutz goes for it on fourth down. The Rockets are eight for 11 on fourth-down conversions (73 percent) this season.

"I think something like that generally speaks to the personality of their head football coach, and this is a guy who took over this program and has continued to lead them to success," Rhoads said. "You can see the admiration and respect the kids have for him. It speaks to his confidence to his team, and they're returning the favor."


187.25 - The passer efficiency rating of Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko, who leads the country in that category through the first four games this season. He's completed 66.4 percent for 1,140 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.

120.44 - Palko's passer efficiency rating through the first four games of last season, when he completed 53.7 percent for 830 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.

- Kevin Gorman

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