Pitt returns all 5 starters from last years offensive line that kept getting better as the season went along. This should also be the deepest offensive line that Pitt has had since the late 80's, as the Panthers will field a solid backup offensive line also. The 5 starters that return are: Left tackle Rob Petitti, 6-6 330, sophomore. Left guard Dan Lacarte, 6-4 285, junior. Center Chad Reed 6-3 290, senior. Right guard Bryan Anderson, 6-5 310, senior. Right tackle Matt Morgan, 6-7 295, junior. The Panthers finally have an O-line that is filled with mostly seniors and juniors and that should pay off next season. Many times I have had to read post's about why isn't our O-line dominating? I just had to laugh because we were starting freshmen and sophomores and they were going against other teams defensive lines, which started 4th year juniors and 5th year seniors! Geez! I wonder why! I will list a possible 2nd team O-line, but keep in mind that some that I list at guard could play tackle and vice versa. A example would be Rob Petitti who started at tackle last year but the coaches would like to play him at guard. There are 8 main players at this point to battle for 2nd team O-line positions and possibly move into a starting position, if say, Petitti is moved to guard and the left tackle spot opens up. Center Justin Belarski, 6-3 280, sophomore. Guard Penny Semaia, 6-5 315, junior. Guard Jon Schall, 6-4 295, Junior (If Jon was redshirted last year, will only be a soph.) Tackle Saul Freund, 6-7 315, sophomore. Tackle Dale Williams, 6-5 290, redshirt freshmen. Guard/Tackle Jon Pressnell, 6-4 280, sophomore. Guard/Tackle Nick Pietracatello, 6-3 280, junior. Tackle Jason Capizzi, 6-9 300, true freshmen. Center Darryl Weston, 6-4 270, sophomore and Guard Matt Maiers, 6-3 270, junior also will be in the mix to provide backup depth. There is a possibility that Penny could be moved back to defensive tackle, but I'm not a big fan of keep changing a player's position all the time. The D-line did lose Joe Conlin and Brandon Hayes and a lot probably depends on where Tyre Young ends up as to wether Penny will be moved or not. Coach Tom Freeman has done an excellent job to this point putting together solid lines with young and inexperienced players. It is now time to take the next step. The most interesting things to keep an eye on this spring are the development of players such as Freund, Pressnell, Capizzi and freshmen All-America Rob Petitti.
A look to spring ball – Offensive Line
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