Notebook: Pitt Spring Practice 3/24

Notes from Pitt's fifth spring practice Thursday morning on the South Side.

Pitt took its practice outside on a sunny 63-degree morning in Pittsburgh Thursday. Aside from Saturday's practice at Heinz Field, the Panthers were inside for their three practices on the South Side so far this spring. In fact, Pitt also practiced in the UPMC Sports Performance Complex's indoor facility for each 

-- Offensive coordinator Matt Canada had an interesting adage for his quarterbacks and receivers while they went through some passing drills this morning. As he grew frustrated with a few players for repeated miscues, Canada shared some wisdom:

"New mistakes are awesome. The same mistakes over and over are not okay."

-- Wide receiver Gentry Ivery has been absent from Pitt's practices recent. If he wasn't on the field during the first week of drills, it went unnoticed, but it seems he is no longer with the football program. The Panthers face a bit of a scholarship crunch headed into the 2016 season and Ivery, a member of Narduzzi's Class of 2015, could've seen the writing on the wall with three receivers entering with the Class of 2016 and Pitt needing to cut its scholarship numbers. 

-- Wide receiver Dontez Ford was once again among the group of Pitt players sidelined from practice today, as was defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni. On the bright side for Pitt, defensive end Allen Edwards no longer wears a walking boot which would indicate whatever injury he has in his lower extremity is progressing.

-- More than five months lie between now and the season-opener against Villanova Sept. 3, but that doesn't mean the game doesn't loom in the Panthers' minds. Posted outside of the stairwell leading from the locker room downstairs to the second floor of the facility is Villanova's depth chart, or at least the early perception of it from Pitt's point of view. 

-- The Panthers only practice twice this week with a day off on Saturday for the Easter holiday over the weekend. Next week will feature four practices, as the Panthers will make up this week's day off Monday before their regularly-scheduled practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday which will take the team past the mid-point of the spring practice period. 

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