Devin Street Makes Impact In 2nd Practice

For those wondering which Pitt wideout would step up to be the No. 3 receiver behind junior Jon Baldwin and redshirt sophomore Michael Shanahan this season, redshirt freshman Devin Street made a case for the job during spring practice Saturday at the UPMC Sports Complex.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Street caught several long touchdown passes from redshirt junior quarterback Pat Bostick Saturday morning, and got the attention of his teammates and the Pittsburgh coaching staff even though he was wearing No. 7 instead of his usual No. 86.

"I don't know,'' Devin Street said. "We can't find my other jersey. But this one worked out all right today.''

Street displayed good speed and concentration to get behind the secondary, and Pat Bostick connected with him. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who remembers that the two had exceptional timing during training camp last summer despite never playing together previously.

And it's also amazing since Street was not able to practice Thursday while finishing the recovery process from a staph infection. Now that he has completed the antibiotic cycle, it should be full speed ahead.

"I feel OK now, but a little rusty,'' Street said. "So, I'm just working on my concentration, staying in every play all the time. Last year, I was on the scout team, so I really wasn't in the mix. But I had a pretty good start today, and we'll see what happens.''

Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt agreed and cited Street's strong performance.

"The one guy that jumped out to me today ... was Saheed Imoru on defense and Devin Street on offense,'' Wannstedt said. "Devin and Cam, they're both playmakers, so we want to get the ball in their hands.''

That's not to say that they'll push Jon Baldwin and Mike Shanahan for playing time, but if Shanahan -- who will miss the spring after contracting mononucleosis -- misses any time in the summer as well, who knows.

"I'm just trying to learn everything I can from the veteran guys like J.B. and not make any mistakes,'' Street said. "I don't want any MAs, missed assignments, and it always helps when your make some plays. For me, I feed off the other guys. When J.B. makes a one-handed catch, I want to do that, too.''

Street didn't make any one-handed grabs Saturday, but he stood out nonetheless after hauling in a long pass from Bostick down the left sideline that beat cornerback Aundre Wright. He also pushed cornerback Buddy Jackson to the limit on the other side and came down with a pass despite Jackson's decent coverage.

Tino Sunseri, who remained working with the first team throughout the second spring practice, appeared to be zoned in on Baldwin. And that's never a bad thing. He fired a pass off a flea-flicker toss back from running back Dion Lewis on the opening play in 11-on-11 drills and got the ball downfield quickly. But cornerback Saheed Imoru had the speed and aggressiveness to keep Baldwin from making the catch.

That wasn't the case on several sideline passes where Baldwin appeared to be unstoppable. If the ball is thrown early enough and to the outside, it just doesn't seem like anybody could keep Baldwin from making that catch.

The Panthers defensive backs get another chance Tuesday when spring practice continues at 2:45 p.m. This time, the team will be in pads after two days in shorts and shells.

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