Aug. 10, 2011
All four QB's on Pitt's roster are former state champions
By Pat Bostick
Pitt's 2011 quarterbacks are not only a talented group from a physical standpoint, but also have that very important intangible - knowing how to win football games. Just check out their high school resumes.
Incumbent starter Tino Sunseri is no stranger to hoisting a championship trophy. He led Pittsburgh Central Catholic to a state crown in 2007. Mark Myers won an Ohio state championship at St. Ignatius in 2008. Anthony Gonzalez led Liberty to a Pennsylvania 4A crown that same year. Incoming walk-on Trey Anderson is fresh off his senior season, where he led Pearland to a Texas 5A state title.
Not coincidentally, the Panther quarterbacks are led by a Texas high school coaching legend in quarterback coach Todd Dodge. Dodge was the head coach at Southlake Carroll High School from 2000-06, going 79-1 and winning four Texas 5A state championship titles during his tenure. When you throw those state titles into the mix, this group boasts a combined eight high school state championships.
These accomplishments are more than just bragging rights, though. They speak to the type of players that are in Pitt's quarterback meeting room. These are guys who come from backgrounds of winning. They expect to win and they hate to lose. Simply put, winning is all they know.
To have four state champion quarterbacks is unique but, more than anything, it's an advantage. It means you have four guys at the most important position on the field who expect to win every time they line up. It means the other 10 guys on the offense are looking at and listening to someone they know is a winner. They have to match his intensity. That is what you want at the quarterback position - a guy who will set the tone for the rest of the offense.
It would be interesting to find out how many quarterback groups in the country can say they have four former state champions. The Panthers' signal callers can, and they will surely benefit from it. Winning is a habit. It is something that becomes ingrained in someone. When the leader of any team or group is a proven winner, winning is contagious. The Panthers have four proven winners at the helm, and the rest of the guys are sure to catch the winning "disease."
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