After Further Review

After further review, Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt didn't have many different thoughts about about Tuesday's scrimmage, as the Panthers headed into the second half of training camp practice sessions Wednesday afternoon.

"The more we watched the tape, there weren't very many mental mistakes once we got going,'' Wannstedt said. "I thought that the effort was good, and right now we're in the middle of training camp.

"And we need to keep pressing and working hard and keep improving as individuals and as an offense, defense and special teams. It's not easy, but our players have a good attitude about it and are continuing to work.''

The players who Wannstedt, as well as the media, identified as stand-out performers for Pittsburgh during the scrimmage remained about the same after viewing the tape. Wannstedt praised tailbacks LeSean McCoy and Chris Burns for their performances.

"I also thought the defense tackled well,'' Wannstedt said. "The longest pass play the defense gave up was 14 yards. So, if we don't give up big plays on defense we're not going to give up a whole lot of points. So, that was good.''

Wannstedt also cited the play of freshman safety Andrew Taglianetti. A grayshirt candidate when originally recruited, Taglianetti has taken advantage of every opportunity since he signed a letter of intent and was given a scholarship. Taglianetti made some plays in the base defense in the scrimmage, and that earned him time with the second team along with Elijah Fields.

"From a special teams standpoint, he's doing an outstanding job, (and) since Irvan Brown's hurt we're getting him more reps,'' Wannstedt said. "Ronald Hobby, Antwuan Reed, Jarred Holley, all those young guys are playing good.''

Redshirt freshman Tristan Roberts also stepped up into the starting weak-side linebacker spot since Shane Murray banged up his right shoulder in practice. And junior Dorin Dickerson got the majority of reps at tight end with John Pelusi and Nate Byham out with shoulder injuries. Byham and Murray left practice early Wednesday and had ice on their right shoulders.

The most serious injury was to freshman Cameron Saddler. He has his left knee stabilized and was on crutches Wednesday. He was scheduled to have an MRI test later in the evening to determine the extent of the injury.

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