Video: Panthers Move Forward

Hear from head coach Paul Chryst, defensive coordinator Matt House, running back Isaac Bennett, left tackle Adam Bisnowaty, defensive back K'Waun Williams.

After Monday's crushing loss to Florida State (41-13), the Panthers have a bye week before they face New Mexico. In the wake of the recent loss, many questioned if there would be personnel changes on either side of the ball. Chryst didn't mention any changes other than utilizing different packages.

"If we're going to be the best we can be on defense then it will involve playing a number of guys," said Chryst. "The same goes for the offense. For this team to be good, it will be because of our strength in numbers at the end of it all."

Right out of the gate, House made it clear that he was disappointed in the defensive effort against FSU. His message similar to Chryst's that there would be no personnel changes.

The team's focus for this week is simple - to get better. The Panthers admitted the Seminoles were the better team on Monday. House gave credit where credit was due, but he also said as a defense they didn't challenge Jameis Winston and the Noles enough.

"Moving forward the thing that's interesting is the next team will be totally different than the one we just played," said House. "New Mexico is more of an option offense. It couldn't be any different than playing Florida State."

RUNNING BACK Isaac Bennett

Despite the loss on Monday, Bennett was in good spirits about the future of his Panthers.

He's fully recovered from his knee injury and is feeling 100-percent again. Although, Bennett was limited to only nine carriers against FSU, he never questioned the decisions of his coaches. He split the carries with freshman James Conner who had nine carries of his own.

"Coach rotates as he feels necessary and we just go with the flow," said Bennett. "Obviously, as a group we love to have the ball in our hands so anytime we get the chance to carry the ball it's a privilege. Whether they want to use Malcolm Crockett, Desmond Brown or if coach wants to rotate everybody in, that's fine with me."

LEFT TACKLE Adam Bisnowaty

Of the 54 players on Pitt's roster, Chryst chose to play 11 true freshman and seven red-shirt freshman, one of those red-shirt freshman being Bisnowaty. Although, part of what is considered a relatively inexperienced front line, Bisnowaty felt very comfortable and confident in his role during Monday night's game.

"We all know the plays," said Bisnowaty. "Now, we just need to go over all the little details. We have to dot the I's and cross our T's."


The senior Williams said the loss came down to missed tackles, missed assignments and not executing your basic fundamentals.

He also gave credit to Winston and the Noles, but admitted the miss tackles is what hurt his team the most. The Panthers are on a bye-week which means fundamentals will be a major focus for this team as they prep to play New Mexico next.

"At practice there is a lot more tackling and more discipline," said Williams. "It's definitely getting more physical. The seniors are starting to speak up and guys know what they need to do now."

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