ShareThis Page
College

Pitt notebook: Pitt bracing for Syracuse running game

| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006

Pitt is preparing for Syracuse's two-headed rushing attack of Curtis Brinkley, who had 108 yards against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 23, and Delone Carter, who rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns against Wyoming last week.

"Their running backs scare me," defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said. "They remind me a little bit of Walter Reyes in their style and their physical ability. They both have the ability to make you miss, drop a shoulder and bring a physical tackle."

• Pitt running backs coach David Walker, a former Syracuse running back and the Orange's running backs coach from 1995-2004, will make his first trip back to the Carrier Dome on the opposing sidelines.

"In all honesty, I'm trying to look at it as another game," Walker said. "It will probably hit me, like last year, during kickoff, when you look across and see those guys. ... I have some family and friends, a small section of our Pitt people there that are natives of Syracuse that will be rooting against the home team."

• Pitt freshman defensive end McKenzie Mathews, a Syracuse native, played at the Carrier Dome eight times during his high school career. Christian Brothers Academy won the Class AA state championship his junior year.

"I think it's going to be a little weird because my friends will be cheering for Syracuse -- at least in high school they used to," Mathews said. "I enjoy playing there."


Digits

30-28-3 - Syracuse's record in the all-time series against Pitt, which dates to 1916.

17-11-3 - Syracuse's all-time home record against Pitt.

- By Kevin Gorman

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me