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Aug. 7, 2013

Pitt Football Training Camp - Day 2 (August 7)

Pitt Training Camp Media Quote Sheet

Quoting Head Coach Paul Chryst

Opening statement:

"I'm going to start with personnel. Todd Thomas isn't here. We had a chance to have some conversations the last couple days. He told me last night and this morning that he's going to leave the team. I'm not going to talk about my discussions with him. I obviously like Todd. I want what is best for every one of these kids in the program."

On today's practice:

"I thought today was a better day - it should've been a better day. I thought the team did a good job of retaining what was taught yesterday and applying some of the new things that we're installing and putting in. I thought we had pretty good energy. We got better in a lot of different areas today, so that was good, but we've got a lot of work today. That's camp; that's the fun part about camp."

On the passing game:

"We saw some good things. And then you can see some things we need to work on. One play right at the end of practice, Tom Savage had a completion that Jason Hendricks almost knocked down. You want to get to that point where you can really trust it and throw it. With our spacing and those nuances, we have a lot of cleaning up to do. But there's a lot of moving parts to the passing game, and we're still trying to get the installation in. There's some progress being made, but the timing and execution isn't where it needs to be."

On Chris Blewitt making kicks at the end of practice:

"You don't know what to expect out of kickers, but he was good. It's just the start for him. Yesterday we didn't do any kicking, so those were his first reps. As someone new to the group as a freshman, he probably felt more nervous than we did. But he did well. He looks the part as a kicker. The team really rallied around him."

On Ejuan Price:

"I hope Ejuan will define what his role is. I've enjoyed being around him. We have to find out what fits him best and that'll define his role. He got healthy by redshirting last year, so we'll see what he can do."

On wide receiver depth:

"We've got to find a top five or top six. You guys know the pool. But there's room for anyone, so right now it's certainly open to anyone."

Wide receiver Devin Street

On a situation where he hit the ground and looked to be struggling:

"I was fine. I was just tired. You have to get back in shape and, I'm in shape, but I just need to get back in football shape and get back into the swing of things. I should have got up quicker--next time I will."

On the hot weather during practice today:

"It was (hot). We're just trying to get back into the swing of things and getting into rhythm, getting into momentum. Like Coach (Chryst) talks about, when you get tired you have to steal your mind and push through it. That's when games are won in the fourth quarter."

On Coach Chryst asking players to compete against themselves and not just against each other:

"I just keep pushing myself. I'm never settling. Coming into this camp in this offense for the second year, I know pretty much all of the plays when we're in meetings, so it's just trying to find that extra effort. Today, Coach (Chryst) tried to pull me out and I didn't want to come out. I wanted to try and push myself and get ready. It's only the second day of camp, so I've got to start training myself like I've said."

On balancing his desire to win with Coach Chryst still building his program:

"It's press time for me. I can't worry about down the road, it's right now. Like I've said, I'm just trying to work and get that extra effort always pushing myself, whether it is in film or out here. I'm competing with myself but also competing out here. I want to be the best in the country. I'm competing to be the best and I've got to push myself."

Cornerback Lafayette Pitts

On his confidence in the Panthers' secondary:

"We feel confident. We've got work to do, but we're coming in with three starters from last season. We should have a lot of confidence going into the season. Ray Vinopal played a lot of snaps last year too, so yes, we're feeling confident."

On his thoughts on the coaches being more creative with the secondary:

"Right now they've got (myself and K'Waun Williams) switching sides and everything trying to get us to learn both sides. You saw today that we had a couple pressure plays put on from the corners, so it's going to be pretty good to see. We'll be getting out of our element having some corner blitzes and safety blitzes."

Tight end Manasseh Garner

On his thoughts on the first two days of training camp:

"I think we're getting better. We're making mistakes but we're making improvements at the same time. We have 25 more days left of camp and we just have to keep grinding each and every day."

On where he thinks he stands in the pecking order of the receiving corps:

"I play `H,' so among the tight ends I know I'm the first `H.' I'm just trying to keep it going from there. I have some roles at the receiver position as well and doing some blocking as a tight end. I feel like I'm trying to make my game even now and I'm making progress. I bring my receiving game to the tight end and run some of my routes like a receiver, but other than that, I feel like I'm a tight end."

Defensive lineman Devin Cook

On his injury from last season:

"I suffered a broken toe during the season last year, and it didn't get any better because I played on it. So, this February I had offseason toe surgery just to clean some stuff up, and it feels great."

On how he felt near the end of spring practice:

"I was just getting back into things then, but I really was starting to walk again and stuff like that. Over the summer, I got a chance to train when I was up here, and I'm ready for camp now."

On the impact of the new defensive coordinator [Matt House] and defensive ends coach [John Palermo]:

"One, it allows the interior defensive linemen and the exterior defensive linemen to work separately, but we can also work together. Coach Palermo brings so much experience with coaching in the NFL and coaching at so many colleges. He just knows the game so well. He passes his knowledge onto us. It really helps us."

On the possibility of a starting opportunity:

"Definitely. That's what they preach at the beginning of every day. We have a team meeting at 8:30 a.m. The first thing they say is that it's not a depth chart but a rotation chart and that it's all open."

On wearing the pads tomorrow:

"It's the start of camp, but camp really doesn't start until tomorrow when we put the pads on."

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