Video: Jack Lippert

Jack Lippert was pressed into duty four days into training camp. He has not missed a beat since then, but knows there's still a lot of time before a starting job is determined.

There isn't a more well-traveled member on the Pitt team, in terms of positions, besides Jack Lippert.

Lippert committed to the Panthers in June of his junior year of high school, a highly-coveted prospect out of Harrisburg (PA) Central Dauphin. He was recruited as a defensive end, and he would go on to redshirt there in 2009.

After that, is where the fun began. Lippert was moved to center for the spring of 2010, as a redshirt freshman. With the loss of Robb Houser to graduation. He would not go on to start at center, but he did play in six games as a reserve offensive lineman in 2010.

With the coaching change of Todd Graham, Lippert went back to the defensive line for depth. He did not play in any games last year.

Enter Paul Chryst. The 4-3 comes back, and Lippert stays on as a reserve, now at defensive tackle. When Khaynin Mosley-Smith went down earlier this camp with an injury, Lippert stepped in at tackle, and has been one of camp's most pleasant surprises.

Lippert has not only remained with that first group, but he has also rotated at end and tackle--proving the coaches would like to get him on the field as much as possible. In addition to that, with his versatility, defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield can focus on a rotation of five or six players--including some like Lippert, who can play multiple positions.

"I think Jack's competing," head coach Paul Chryst said. "It's important to him and he is working his tail off. He does all the things you want, and he's done everything he can to give himself a chance to be the best he can be. That's pretty good, and pretty impressive."

Here's an exclusive one-on-one with Jack Lippert, where he talks about waiting his turn, the camp he's had, and his focus--the focus to be happy about being with the first group, but knowing it's not official just yet.


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