Narduzzi Bullish on Pitt

Panthers head coach says goals are higher now

Jeff Hathhorn
August 27, 2018 - 6:07 pm

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Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said at the team kickoff luncheon that the goal is to win an ACC Championship saying “we’ll see you in Charlotte”.  As game week started on Monday, Narduzzi wasn't backing down from his statement.

“It’s these seniors,” Narduzzi said. “It's the way they talk. It's the way they believe. Put it this way, when I first got here, these guys just wanted to win six or more games. That was the goal. When we had to change kind of how we thought. We talked about goal setting, doing big things, dreaming big.”

It may be understandable for the players to think six wins; they had six regular season wins in four straight seasons.

“When I first got here, I was just trying to get them to say ACC.” Narduzzi said. “Forget the championship part at the end. But our kids talk in those terms now. Which for every football team you should have that goal.  But we had to change a lot of mindsets when I first got here. People thought six or more games; that's a great season.

“That's just average or below average. So you feel good because they believe. I'm not going to go out and take a snap. I'm not going to make a tackle, I'm not going to make a catch. But these guys here, if they believe it, and I think we've got the talent, I think we have the mindset, I think we've got the chemistry to win a championship. Is that going to happen? We'll find out.”

The “ORs” Have It

Pitt listed four positions without a definitive starter.  At tailback it’s seniors Darrin Hall or Qadree Ollison, defensive tackle-Keyshon Camp or Amir Watts, money linebacker-Elijah Zeise or Saleem Brightwell and corner-Phillipie Motley or Dane Jackson.

Narduzzi has said throughout training camp he will let game action determine who will start at a few positions and there could be other starters who could be supplanted.

Famous Name QB Add

While he hasn’t been cleared to play, Narduzzi announced the addition of quarterback Jeff George, Junior.  The 6’3, 205 pound pro-style QB is a grad transfer from Illinois via Michigan.

“He spent the last 20 practices in Ann Arbor, so he's really a transfer,” Narduzzi said.  “So I don't know what's going to happen there. So he's ineligible right now. So we'll wait to find out what that status is for him.”

George threw for 1,743 yards with 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in a pair of seasons with the Illini.

“He had visited in the spring and was trying to decide between Michigan and Pitt. I just feel like he got there and felt like, ‘you know, maybe he made a mistake’ and decided to come here.”

George was introduced to the team on Sunday.