July 25, 2013
Pitt redshirt freshman offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) feels like he's always with his fellow Panther offensive linemen. And he's perfectly fine with that.
"We hang out all the time," Bisnowaty said. "We're a really close group. Everything I do, it's with a teammate. Whether it's going to eat, whether it's going to class or even just watching film, we're all doing it as a group."
The Pitt offensive line lost All-Big East center Ryan Turnley and veteran guard Chris Jacobson to graduation and underwent a reshuffling that moved starting tackles Cory King (Stoneboro, Pa./Lakeview) and Matt Rotherham (North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted) to guard this offseason. Despite the changes, Bisnowaty feels that the growing camaraderie off the field will help the unit excel on the field in 2013.
"I feel like our offensive line is pretty young," Bisnowaty said. "Showing up against Florida State is going to be really big, proving that we're a solid group and that we have a chance to win this year."
With the beginning of training camp less than two weeks away, the redshirt freshman says he can't wait to get back on the practice field on a daily basis.
"The biggest thing about [training camp] is just getting better, getting stronger and faster," he said. "I want to get my footwork down and get better with where to place my hands and feet."
For the local Fox Chapel High School product, this training camp will be much different than a year ago for one main reason.
"Last year, I didn't really know any plays on the first day," Bisnowaty said, chuckling. "This year, knowing the plays, knowing the guys, knowing [offensive line] Coach Hueber really helps."
Having spent one year in the Pitt football program, Bisnowaty is really impressed with the relationship the coaching staff has with the players.
"Coach Chryst and all of the other coaches are `players' coaches', and I think it's bringing us much closer to the coaching staff and making us more comfortable with them," he said.
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