Bostick Excited About Season

Interest is high for the Pitt football team, but few Panthers have piqued fan fascination more than incoming freshman quarterback Pat Bostick.

Locked in a battle for the Pittsburgh starting quarterback job going into this season, Pat Bostick was brought in as the team's signal-caller of the future. However, Bostick's time might be now.

"Things are going good for me and the team,'' Bostick said. "I'm working out, doing 7-on-7s twice a week, so I'm happy with the way things are going. I think we're all on the same page now, but the key thing here is the team. That's all I'm concerned about, how much better we can get as a team.''

When pressed about his individual development, Bostick opened up a bit.

"I'm picking things up pretty well, I think,'' Bostick said. "I'm here four hours a day, so I put a lot of time in. I think I'm doing as much as I possibly can do right now, but things should pick up here now that the whole team is here now. And I'm looking forward to that. All the freshmen are here.''

Most players who were asked about the quarterback battle agreed that whomever lines up under Pitt's center, they should guide an explosive Panthers offense. And Bostick was no different.

"I think we're all doing pretty well,'' Bostick said. "Bill Stull and Kevan Smith are doing real well, and I'm working hard, too. But it's not anything I have any control over. I'm just trying to play my best, and we'll see what happens. It's up to the coaches to decide who's the best guy for the job.

"And that won't be decided now. It's all a matter of who's playing better in camp. That'll be the difference. I feel good about where I'm at, but I'm not focusing on a decision that somebody else has to make. It's not my decision. I'm just going to play as hard as I can, and we'll see what happens.''

Whether it's Bostick, Stull or Smith, the Panthers quarterback should have an amazing receiving corps at their command. With senior Derek Kinder, redshirt sophomore Oderick Turner, sophomore Tamarcus Porter and redshirt junior Marcel Pestano, among others, Pitt is as deep as ever at wideout this season.

"Our two-deep receivers are all starter-caliber guys,'' Bostick said. "So, I think we have a lot of talent on the edges, and our tight ends are as good as any in the country. So, we've got a lot of weapons on offense.

"It's just going to be a matter of utilizing them to the best of our ability, and everything coming together. But the way we're working now, I'm certain it will happen no matter who ends up being the quarterback. I'm sure of that.''

Bostick believed that the future was now for the team as well.

"I think we're going to surprise a lot of people; I know we will,'' Bostick said. "We have a lot of talent, a lot of speed, smart players and a great coaching staff. We have everything we need to be successful, and I think everything's starting to come together. We're looking pretty good.

"We have a tougher mentality, too, and that's thanks to Buddy and the workouts he has for us. We're not where we need to be, yet, but we're getting there. And we'll get there for camp. It's just a matter of putting in the time, and we're doing that. We're doing as much as possible.''

Bostick noted that he was in pretty good shape when he arrived at Pitt, nothing could prepare him to face Buddy Morris.

"It was really daunting and hard, something different than I ever went through in my training,'' Bostick said. "I guess you could say it's even dreaded every day, but I realize more and more how necessary it was for us this year. We needed to get tougher and in better physical condition.

"When you play two of the top teams in the country neck and neck and are beating them in the first half, but lose to them in the second half ... not to discredit the guys from last year at all, but it says something about our conditioning and how we played in the second half of games.''

Bostick will try to have something to say about that this season as well.

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