Thursday Notebook: Gonzalez, Orndoff

Anthony Gonzalez has a good hold on his new position, while Scott Orndoff one of many true freshmen in line to see the field this year.

GONZALEZ LIKES NEW POSITION
Anthony Gonzalez, initially a quarterback signee in the Class of 2010, has moved all over the field, all the while enduring multiple coaching changes.

After quarterbacking Bethlehem (PA) Liberty to a state championship at a junior, he remained at that position when he came to Pitt in 2010.

He remained at the position for the spring of 2011, where he earned the Ed Conway Award for most improved player on the offensive side of the ball.

After a brief suspension for a violation of team rules that offseason, Gonzalez worked his way back to the field as a receiver. He played in 10 games his redshirt freshman year, finishing with nine catches for 58 yards.

He began the 2012 season at safety, not even cracking the two-deep to start the season. By Week 10 at UConn, Gonzalez found himself on the field at linebacker. He finished his redshirt sophomore position with 10 tackles in nine games played, making his first start in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Ole Miss.

Now, Gonzalez feels he's finally found a home. He's practiced exclusively at outside linebacker for the entire spring and all of training camp, and is poised to make an impact this season.

"I think so," Gonzalez said. "I feel real good here and am playing really well. I just have to keep getting better every day with my technique and the little things that go with the defense.

"The coaches have told me I've been playing well and obviously there's room for improvement, so every day I have to just keep getting better. I'm playing alright I would say, so we'll see when the first game comes I guess."

ORNDOFF IN LINE FOR A SPOT
Scott Orndoff is one of many true freshmen in line to see the field.

Even though he may have to wait his turn, a little, behind such players as Manasseh Garner and J.P. Holtz, expect to also see Orndoff contributing at tight end, based on the emphasis that is put on his position.

"I think the coaches have a lot of different personnel packages they're trying out, so I think you'll be able to see a lot of different uses of the tight ends and receivers this year," Orndoff said. "It will be exciting."

Orndoff also said that while it's exciting to get a chance to see the field this year, it's hard not to think about the future, looking around and seeing several true freshmen or redshirt freshmen up for a spot on the two-deep.

"What we're doing now, wait until three years from now," Orndoff added. "We're excited building a team for the future."


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