Matt House summed up spring practice very simply.
"I think that a lot of these kids like football," House stated. "We have a lot of guys that like to play, which is encouraging."
Individually speaking, House cited the work of Ejuan Price. Price took a medical redshirt last season, recovering from a pectoral injury. Though Price isn't working with the first-team, House likes Price as an example of someone who continues to push for a role. The result has been House putting Price in certain packages, possibly creating a separate role for him even if he's not in the starting lineup.
"He's able to do a lot of different things," House said. "He's a guy who likes to run, play and tackle so we'll find a place for him."
Rudolph shared a similar idea. Though he didn't say that exact same thing, his philosophy is in line with House, referring to guys who enjoy playing football."
"I'd like to have another fifteen practices," Rudolph said.
The spring is a grind, especially considering that for five weeks, players have to go through the regular practice routine. It can be considered harder in a sense, knowing that there's no game to work towards every week. However, it is less grueling than the two-a-days the team goes through in August.
Still, instead of being excited that the spring is completed, along with having two springs under his belt as a coordinator at Pitt, Rudolph is hungry for more. Hearing that kind of enthusiasm, it's easy to understand what House means, when he says there are a lot of players on the team who enjoy playing football.
Head coach Paul Chryst, however, was disappointed by Rudolph's idea of another 15 practices.
"I could got for 30 more (practices)," Chryst said. "Guys are working and starting to get a feel for it."