Pitt Monday Morning Practice

With training camp heading into the homestretch, there haven't been too many changes to the Pitt football team's depth chart lately.

During Monday morning's practice, the first-team offense remained intact for Pittsburgh with fifth-year senior Bill Stull at quarterback, freshman Dion Lewis at tailback and redshirt sophomore Chris Jacobson at left guard.

The remaining offensive linemen were Jason Pinkston at left tackle, Robb Houser at center, John Malecki at right guard and Lucas Nix at right tackle. Henry Hynoski is the fullback, and the wideouts are Oderick Turner and Jonathan Baldwin. Dorin Dickerson was the tight end with Nate Byham still out with a concussion.

On defense, redshirt sophomore Brandon Lindsey remained at left end with Jabaal Sheard still out with a knee injury. And sophomore Andrew Taglianetti was at one starting safety spot alongside Dom DeCicco.

The tackles were Gus Mustakas and Mick Williams, and the right end was Greg Romeus. The linebacking corps consisted of Max Gruder, Adam Gunn and Greg Williams. The cornerbacks were Aaron Berry and Jovani Chappel.

The second-team offense had Tino Sunseri at quarterback and Ray Graham at tailback with Greg Gaskins and Jordan Gibbs at the tackle positions and Ryan Turnley and Joe Thomas at the guard spots. Alex Karabin is the center. The wideouts were Cam Saddler, Aundre Wright and Aaron Smith. Brock DeCicco and Justin Virbitsky were the tight ends.

The second-team defense consisted of Shayne Hale, Chas Alecxih, Myles Caragein and Nate Nix up front. Manny Williams, Dan Mason and Shane Murray were the linebackers. Antwuan Reed and Ricky Gary were the corners, and Elijah Fields and Jarred Holley were the safeties.

Despite Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt's public comments about Stull and the starting quarterback position, the Panthers have given Sunseri every opportunity to win the job. He just hasn't seized it. It's not that he's played poorly, but he hasn't done enough to move ahead.

The same could be said about the left offensive guard spot, where the biggest advantages Thomas has on Jacobson is one full season and loads of experience. Sure, Wannstedt said he would go with the veteran if Pitt opened the season today, but Jacobson has been given every chance to win the job and just hasn't secured it. He has improved some, but there have been too many mistakes.

There has been no indication that he hasn't progressed in the classroom, and his work in the 11-on-11 drills has been solid. But Jacobson had a rough Monday morning practice in the one-on-one competition against the D-line.

Jacobson split two decisions against Alecxih in the early going, but he also had a false start. A second flinch necessitated five up-downs while the drill continued, and then he had to face Mick Williams. That didn't go his way, either, as Williams' power and quickness overwhelmed Jacobson immediately.

Jacobson redeemed himself at the end by shutting down Caragein's rush, but it was a rough morning nonetheless.

Three young defensive linemen had stronger performances in the drill, as Tyrone Ezell -- now sporting a Mohawk -- Jack Lippert and Bernardo Nunez are perfecting their power moves. They also are pretty quick, so that worked to their advantage, too.

Ryan Schlieper, Cory King and Juantez Hollins were victimized by the aforementioned trio a couple times each.

Houser held his own against Craig Bokor on two occasions. Bokor has had a strong camp, but he's in an uphill battle for playing time.

Lucas Nix had a strong showing against Greg Romeus, which displayed what the coaches see in the sophomore offensive tackle, quick feet and strength. He got the jump on Romeus and held him off for a few seconds.

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