Coach Speak: House, Palermo

Pitt's defense has seen a noticeable improvement over the last two games, allowing just one touchdown in its last eight quarters.

Factor in a few numbers from Pitt's defensive group from its latest game against Virginia Tech.

* The obvious of Aaron Donald six tackles, three tackles for losses, two sacks. There's also Tyrone Ezell with six tackles.< /p>

But there were a couple other names that surfaced Saturday, a couple key names who may be taking the next big step in their development. Defensive end Ejuan Price finished with eight tackles, while his bookend Bryan Murphy finished with three tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack.

"You can never get enough production out of your defensive ends," defensive ends coach John Palermo said. "You're never happy with it because it can always be a whole lot better."

Even part of that--including players such as Price, Murphy, David Durham and even others as Nicholas Grigsby--a lot of it is coaches learning about the players, based on players showing coaches what they can do.

"That's a good way to put it, I'm learning more about them," Palermo added. "The reacted good. I think we're making progress. I think we're heading where we want to be, but we're not nearly where we want to be."

Defensive coordinator Matt House agreed.

"There's some give and take, but you're constantly learning your football team," House added. "Putting guys in a position to succeed."

Panther More Top Stories