QB Choice A Game-Time Decision

The closer Pitt gets to facing Grambling State Saturday at noon at Heinz Field, the more it looks like Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt won't name a starting quarterback until just before kickoff.

It won't be the first one off the bus, as Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt joked, but he believed that redshirt freshman Kevan Smith and freshman Pat Bostick would benefit from an entire week competing for the job.

"When you're doing with two young kids, I don't want to affect either one,'' Wannstedt said. "I think you have to be careful that when you name a starter that the other guy doesn't get down, because it's more than likely that you're going to be playing both of them anyway.

"So, I think the best way to go about it is to take our time all the way through the practices and the meetings and have them both ready to play. And then make a decision and see how it goes. You'd like to get them both meaningful plays, but I don't know if we'll be able to do that or not.

"Just like last week with the running backs, LaRod and LeSean, we didn't have a set number of plays or series that we wanted to play guys,'' Wannstedt added. "So, I think that's what we'll do with the quarterback thing, see how it unfolds and see how guys play. If somebody goes in there and lights it up and is playing good, we might let him play the whole game.''

No matter whether it's Smith or Bostick, Pitt wideouts coach Aubrey Hill believed that his group will step up its game to make the difference.

"As we finished last year, knowing that we'll have a new quarterback, we just wanted to do our job as well as possible to help the offense,'' Hill said. "And whoever Coach Cav puts in there, we'll be ready to go. We're going to mix it up on offense, like we always do (with) short to intermediate to long passes.

"And (Smith and Bostick) have been working very hard this week to get their timing down with the receivers. They stayed a while after practice (Tuesday) to work together, the quarterbacks and the receivers, and I think that will pay off in this game and in the future.''

And the future is now for the Pitt football program.

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