Friday Afternoon Practice Report

Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt wanted to get a better view of Friday afternoon's training camp practice session, so he decided to watch the individual period from high atop the sideline camera tower.

Wannstedt didn't stay there too long, but when he came down he certainly liked what he saw much more than what transpired the previous day for Pittsburgh.

"The most encouraging thing, from this morning to the afternoon (practice) was the quarterback play overall,'' Wannstedt said. "And they all improved, I thought, but both Bill Stull and Pat Bostick ... had completion rates at 80 percent. That's where they should be in practice, so they both responded.

"And Kevan Smith was better today. Greg Cross was better today, and Tino Sunseri made two throws this morning that were as good as any throws that we've had when we started. So, I'm happy with how they responded.''

Bostick threw two touchdowns in the afternoon session, one to freshman wideout Jonathan Baldwin and another on a short toss to redshirt freshman fullback Henry Hynoski where the receivers did a lot of the work. Smith also hooked up with Baldwin for a touchdown where the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was too much to handle for redshirt freshman cornerback Buddy Jackson.

It was an especially good showing for Baldwin, who displayed his talent in front of former teammates Juantez Hollins, Terry Patrick and Dontae Williams, who visited practice with Aliquippa, Pa. High School assistant coach Sherman McBride. Hollins already has verbally committed to Pitt.

It's also important because the Panthers will merge for Saturday's 2-5 p.m. practice in full gear. Wannstedt said decisions have to be made on how much to use the freshmen now that the entire team is together for the rest of camp.

"We've had some competition going on with our offensive linemen, so some decisions will need to be made there,'' Wannstedt said. "A couple linebacker spots. There's a couple players at every spot.

"So, some of the freshmen, we might want to alternate some with the second group. The first and second groups will get a lot of work, and the third will get some. The fourth, they might not get very much now.''

Wannstedt also expected another surge of energy since the Panthers will be in full pads. The practice session most assuredly will include a live inside run drill like every other first day in pads has for Wannstedt in his coaching career.

For the third straight day, wideout Derek Kinder and defensive end Doug Fulmer did not practice. However, Fulmer, at least, was running "back and forth over the bags and sprinting,'' Wannstedt noted. "So, I expect them both to practice (Saturday). But I think we're going to have to pick and choose with both of them until we get them back at 100 percent.''

Wannstedt then was asked if he was concerned that they had a set-back.

"I wouldn't use the word concern, but anytime guys aren't practicing, from a coaching standpoint, yeah, there's some concern,'' Wannstedt said.

"You want everybody to be out here at 100 percent, but unfortunately that's not the case right now.''

Pitt returns to two practice sessions Sunday, has one Monday and two Tuesday with the first intra-squad scrimmage set for that afternoon.

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