Posted: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
Paul Chryst has released the official two-deep depth chart for the Florida State game, let's take a look at how the starting lineups will look.
QB - Tom Savage, Chad Voytik
Savage will open the 2013 season as the starter. He has not played a game in over 1,000 days, so that is a bit troubling. Chad Voytik is a capable, yet unproven backup. Still, both players were once very highly recruited high school talents.
RB - Isaac Bennett, Malcolm Crockett
Obviously, the big news lately has been Bennett's knee injury, and we are unsure of his availability against the Seminoles. Also, true freshman, James Conner took more first team snaps than Crockett did in Bennett's absence at camp, it is odd he did not crack the initial depth chart.
WR - Devin Street* Tyler Boyd* Kevin Weatherspoon Ed Tinker
Devin Street starting should come as no surprise. Tyler Boyd starting should not really surprise anyone either. Boyd is an ultra talented true freshman, and could very well be Pitt's biggest big play threat. Weatherspoon and Tinker are two veterans, that have yet to accomplish much in their careers yet.
TE - JP Holtz* Manasseh Garner* Scott Orndoff Jaymar Parrish
Pitt listed two starters at tight end, and no fullback on the two deep. The two positions are actually very different variations of tight end. Holtz and Orndoff are both big body players, that will line up in the traditional spot. Garner and Parrish will line up in the backfield, slot, or on the line with the idea of trying to create matchup problems.
LT - Adam Bisnowaty Juantez Hollins
LG - Cory King Ryan Schleiper
C - Artie Rowell Gabe Roberts
RG - Matt Rotheram Shane Johnson OR Carson Baker
RT - TJ CLemmings Dorian Johnson
The big news on the line is Rowell being named the starter over Roberts. Rowell had the better camp, but Roberts was believed to win the job going into the season. TJ Clemmings also held off five star freshman, Dorian Johnson. The line is big, and it fits what the staff wanted to accomplish.
DE - David Durham* Bryan Murphy* Ejuan Price* Shakir Soto Devin Cook Jack Lippert
Durham, Murphy, and Price are all listed at starters, and that is very interesting. Price was converted to end at the beginning of camp, and moved up the charts quickly. Durham and Price are both smallish for ends, so it will be interesting to see how they fare. Listing six ends may also show that this will be an ongoing position battle for a few weeks to come.
NT - Tyrone Ezell LaQuentin Smith
Ezell is an experienced senior, and it is no surprise he is starting. Smith has moved from linebacker to end, and now to tackle throughout his Pitt career. A little small for an inside guy, but he is still listed at 275 and should have some quickness from playing end.
DT - Aaron DonaldDarryl Render
Aaron Donald is good at football. Darryl Render played a good bit last season, and proved to be productive when he was on the field.
SAM LB - Bam BradleyNicholas Grigsby
Bam Bradley is a redshirt freshman, with a load of potential. He certainly benefitted from the Todd Thomas fiasco. His older brother, Nicholas Grigsby will be backing him upm, who has some starting experience from last year.
MLB - Shane Gordon Mike Caprara OR Matt Galambos
Gordon is one of Pitt's surest things, and should be the leader of the linebackers. Caprara is a redshirt freshmen with potential, and obviously Galambos showed enough that he should avoid a redshirt this season.
WILL LB - Anthony Gonzalez Todd Thomas
Anthony Gonzalez may have finally found a home after seemingly a million position changes. Todd Thomas is certainly one of Pitt's most talented guys, and will be on the field one way or another.
CB - Lafayette Pitts* K'waun Williams* Trenton Coles Titus Howard
Pitts and Williams figure to be one of the best corner units in the league. Coles showed promise at camp, and will be on the field in a nickel back role. The shocker here is that Titus Howard may not redshirt. He was one of the Clairton "Killer T's" and he proved enough in camp to see the field, when a redshirt seemed almost certain.
FS - Ray Vinopal Cullen Christian OR Jevonte Pitts
Vinopal was shaky at times last season, but has some starting experience between his time at Michigan and Pitt. Christian was once thought to be a big time corner, but hopefully has found a home at safety.
SS - Jason Hendricks Jevonte Pitts OR Terrish Webb
Hendricks is the man back here. Pitts is listed at both safety spots, so the coach's obviously like what he can do. Again, another one of the Clairton Killer T's make the two deep, another surprise.
Special Teamss - Punter: Matt Yoklic, Kicker: Chris Blewitt, Long Snapper: Kevin Barthelemy
Yoklic and Barthelemy are holdovers from last season. Blewitt is a true freshman, so there may be some concern there, but he is a scholarship kicker.
Returners - Punt Returner: K'waun Williams, Kevin Weatherpsoon. Kickoff Returner: Jason Hendricks, Lafayette Pitts.
The interesting thing here is Tyler Boyd is not involved at all, so its pretty apparent they feel his worth on offense is pretty important. Three out of four Pitt's starting members of the secondary are listed as starters, and that is somewhat concerning. It possibly shows Pitt's lack of athletes,.