Over the past few seasons since Pat Narduzzi has come aboard, the PITT Football program has started to prove that they belong in the conversation with the rest of the top tier teams in the ACC. And the next thing that they need to do is win the ACC Coastal and make an appearance in an ACC Championship game.
Last season was frustrating because PITT did have a top tier offense with the leadership of Nate Peterman and James Conner, but the defense fell flat in key moments of a couple games last season. Most memorably are the UNC and Virginia Tech games, both of which PITT probably should have won and if they did they would have won the Coastal last season.
When Training Camp has started this month, we heard the following phrase repeated over and over again by coaches and players, #TakeIt! Meaning it is time for this team to take its place on top of the Coastal.
And this season is set up for PITT to be favorites in the ACC Coastal and it all starts at the Quarterback position. UNC, Virginia Tech and Miami all have new Quarterbacks as well, but PITT is the only team with a new Quarterback who has a lot of Power 5 Conference experience in grad transfer Max Browne.
All training camp we have heard from Narduzzi and the coaching staff that it was a close battle between Browne and Ben Dinucci for the starting Quarterback job. And today (Tuesday), Narduzzi made it official and named Browne the starting Quarterback for PITT this season.
I like this decision because when watching Browne play and practice he kind of reminds you of a Nate Peterman type. Am I calling him the next Nate Peterman, No, but if he can manage the game and make big plays down the field like Peterman did last season, this PITT team could have a special year ahead of them.
Browne has the help in the backfield like Peterman as well with Qadree Ollison returning to the starting role and I look for Chawntez Moss and Darrin Hall to play big roles in the rushing attack as well. And it will be curious to see how they use Todd Sibley and A.J Davis or if they redshirt one or both of them this season. And the one thing you notice with Ollison, Moss and Hall is that they have 3 different running styles that can help the offense keep the opposing defense off balance depending on who is in the game.
The Wide Receiver position will be an interesting one to watch this...
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