Pitt closed its 2013 training camp with a scrimmage on Thursday morning.
While it was a variety of first- and second- unit players, together, at times, the whole idea was to simply get as many reps in, as possible.
"Overall we had a good camp, we got better," head coach Paul Chryst said. "Guys were into it. Guys wanted to be coached, coaches enjoyed coaching them."
The defense got the first break of the day, as K'Waun Williiams jumped a route, stepping in front of a receiver to pick off the first pass of the day.
The secondary played well throughout the scrimmage. Redshirt freshman Jevonte Pitts returned an interception 40 yards, later in the scrimmage.
The offense, though, also had its moments. Freshman running back James Conner got in the end zone first, on a short burst. He was one of two freshmen working with the first group. Tyler Boyd was the other. He caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Savage on the next series.
Savage would test the secondary on a couple deep balls. His attempt with Devin Street was broken up by freshman Titus Howard and Cullen Christian. Howard, along with former Clairton teammate Terrish Webb are going a serious look at a spot on the two-deep--Howard at corner, Webb at safety.
Chryst wouldn't definitively name any more starters, only that he's been pleasantly surprised by this group of freshmen--how they've contributed early.
"There was a freshman group that we didn't know early (in training camp)," Chryst said. "We found out about some guys there."
Also coming up with points in Thursdays scrimmage were running back Malcolm Crockett, who also scored on a short touchdown run and Chad Voytik. Voytik executed a naked bootleg for a 10-yard touchdown run, and later connected with receiver Ronald Jones on a 65-yard touchdown.
Training camp ends, and while the focus turns to game planning, Chryst says he would like to find balance in game planning, while finding time for additional reps and developing younger players.
"With this group, it'll fit," Chryst added. "We have to try a find a way to balance that off. This is a team that's going to continue to grow."
NOTE: Chryst was also asked on how Todd Thomas has progressed since returning to the team last week.
"He's been tremendous," Chryst said of Thomas. "His approach, everything. He's good. He's working, competing,"