Dave Wannstedt said last week that he would like to make a decision on Greg Romeus' status after Sunday. Romeus practiced Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and also practiced Sunday.
"The decision is real simple," Wannstedt said. "He has practiced. He'll be listed as questionable. It'll be a game-time decision; how much he plays, if he plays, what we do with him. He is working, and we're taking it a day at a time."
"It's a little bit of everything; how he feels, game-shape, technique work," Wannstedt said. "There's a lot of things we're evaluating on a day-to-day basis."
WANNSTEDT EXPECTS TO SEE FRAZER
The Huskies are at 4-4, and have battled some quarterback issues this season. Zach Frazer started the first four games, before being benched in favor of Cody Endres. Endres was then kicked off the team prior to the Louisville game. Redshirt freshman Michael Box started against Louisville, then Frazer returned to lead the Huskies to a 16-13 upset win over West Virginia.
When Frazer started the first four games, the Huskies started off 2-2. Over that four-game stretch, he completed 47-of-81 (58.0%) for 553 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception. When he returned to start against West Virginia, he completed 18-of-29 passes for 166 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions.
"I don't know what happened on the front end when they made the change with Frazer initially," Wannstedt said. "But then, when they had Box in--the young kid playing--against Louisville, he wasn't ready for that, playing on the road. Frazer is a good player. He can make all the throws. He's got game experience. He's playing with a lot of confidence right now."
In addition to getting Romeus, Wannstedt said he was overall pleased with how the bye week worked for his team. Pitt had a bye week after just two games, then hosted a Thursday night game to Miami following the bye week. At that point, the team was still getting in a rhythm, trying to deal with the loss of Greg Romeus, trying to break in a starting quarterback, hoping to get its running back woes solved, as well as patching together an offensive line.
Pitt has righted the ship in those areas since then. Now that they have, they were able to take their second bye week of the season, and really use it the way it was intended.
"I think the number one thing we got out of it was a lot of rest," Wannstedt said. "I was anxious to see how we would respond coming back from a little bit of a rest, and the guys were good. I thought I saw some quickness back."
BIG EAST PARITY
Pitt enters this UConn game even more cautiously than they did the Louisville game two weeks ago. That's because Louisville--a team that lost starting quarterback Adam Froman following the Pitt game, and leading rusher Bilal Powell during the Pitt game--traveled to Syracuse to knock off the Orange 28-20. This was a Syracuse team that was coming off big road wins at West Virginia (19-14) and Cincinnati (31-7)--the two teams that have represented the Big East in the BCS bowl in each of the last three seasons.
Syracuse was the only other team in the conference with one loss. The parody has been a recurring theme this season. Syracuse won at South Florida, then was embarrassed at home to Pitt, 45-14. They rebounded with their two road victories. Even though West Virginia lost at home to Syracuse, they lost the following week to a UConn team that was shut out 26-0 the previous week by Louisville. Now, all of a sudden, a Pitt win at UConn and a South Florida win at Louisville, has conference title implications.
But first, as Wannstedt warns, Pitt has to get through UConn.
"Hopefully (the parody) is a lesson to everyone; coaches, players, media," Wannstedt said. "Every week is a new week. You're only as good as the game that you're playing. Last week really doesn't matter."