Originally written on Pitt Blather  |  Last updated 3/3/15
Get your game faces on, it’s almost show time!!  Saturday we host the Blue Hens of Delaware at Heinz Field for the opening game of our 2014 season. Yeah Us!! Here is the PITT SID’s office’s overview of the match-up.  Here are the much more detailed “PITT vs. Delaware Game Notes” that are distributed by that office to the local and visiting media writers up in the press box.  I find it interesting that we’ve never played them before but then again we have never lost to them before either.  Small blessings. Pitt is undefeated (9-0) against current members of the CAA, most recently beating Maine, 35-29, in 2011 and New Hampshire, 38-16, in 2010.  I think we’ll easily handle Delaware.  The spread is 27 points and that is doable as I think we’ll run right over them. Before anyone starts talking about ‘we thought the same thing against YSU‘  let’s remember there are huge differences in the two situations.  With the YSU game Chryst suspended six players including starters Ezell and Gonzalez just hours before the game.  That in itself rocked the team then combine that disciplinary action with the natural uncertainty the players had about Chryst going into his first game of his first year, especially after they were just burnt so badly by Graham, and you had a perfect storm for a loss.  That isn’t the case at all this week against Delaware. Our commenters have been showing us some good links lately, here is on who will probably redshirt. Here are the five true freshmen that Chryst says will definitely see action this season.  I’ll add at least one more on Adonis Jennings.  If his groin injury heals then I can’t see him not getting at least some playing time. I think we see Wuestner or Challingsworth before Jones at #2 WR unless there is a specialty play called.  Again – keep an eye on Chris Wuestner as the season unfolds, he’s a good one and really has impressed the staff over the last year and through this camp. It is interesting about the new position “Freeze Linebacker” as that is Nick Grisby’s nickname and the title apparently applies only to him and only when he’s in on special extra LB formations.  Remember last year when Grigsby was a bit put out that he wasn’t getting playing time and was making noise about leaving the program? Well, this year the staff wanted to ensure that he knew he had a real role on the team so in addition to being our Special Teams ace, and now captain, they created a LB substitution just for him.  he’s very talented and it was a smart thing to do on both fronts. Also, see where Scott Orndoff has landed in the offensive positions – at “H-Back”. That was done because he’s really built more like a WR, a bigger Shanahan as it were, and Devon Edwards is a better pure blocker.  Moving Orndoff to this position signals to me that the plan is to to give Voytik as many short pass opportunities and targets as possible since his deep game isn’t polished yet.  I like the idea very much. I still don’t like the idea of our money-maker Tyler Boyd returning kicks but until our offense proves that it can score points then we’ll have to rely on getting yardage every way we can including returns.  He’ll be exciting as hell to watch but I’ll cringe every time. If there is any poor play with Adam Bisnowaty at LT or Dorian Johnson at LG again this season don’t be surprised if the staff goes to Jared Jones-Smith sooner rather than later.  He’s got the wingspan for left tackle if Bisnowaty falters and they could move Bisnowaty into guard to replace Johnson if needed.  That’s why they were moving Bisnowaty around to different OL positions during camp.  Jones-Smith was a big performer in camp and they trust him to step in and do well. Here is the two deep listed in the Game Notes: OFFENSE Wide Receiver 23 TYLER BOYD SO, 6­2, 190 88 Kevin Weatherspoon (SR*, 5-10, 175) Wide Receiver 82 MANASSEH GARNER SR*, 6­2, 220 10 Ronald Jones (JR*, 5-8, 170) Left Tackle 69 ADAM BISNOWATY SO*, 6­6, 305 75 Jaryd Jones-Smith (FR*, 6-7, 335) Left Guard 53 DORIAN JOHNSON SO, 6­5, 300 72 Carson Baker (FR*, 6-5, 330) Center 57 ARTIE ROWELL JR*, 6­2, 315 63 Alex Officer (FR*, 6-4, 335) Right Guard 74 MATT ROTHERAM SR*, 6­6, 335 71 Gabe Roberts (SO*, 6-5, 305) Right Tackle 68 T.J. CLEMMINGS SR*, 6­6, 315 78 Alex Bookser (FR, 6-6, 295) Tight End 86 J.P. HOLTZ JR, 6­4, 245 45 Devon Edwards (FR*, 6-4, 260) H-Back 31 JAYMAR PARRISH SO, 6­2, 270 83 Scott Orndoff (SO, 6-5, 260) Quarterback 16 CHAD VOYTIK SO*, 6­1, 205 11 Trey Anderson (JR*, 6-0, 195) Tailback 24 JAMES CONNER SO, 6­2, 250 34 Isaac Bennett (SR, 5-11, 210)  DEFENSE Defensive End 52 SHAKIR SOTO SO, 6­3, 270 55 Luke Maclean (FR*, 6-5, 260) Defensive Tackle 91 DARRYL RENDER JR, 6­2, 275 56 Justin Moody (FR*, 6-3, 280) Nose Tackle 95 KHAYNIN MOSLEY­SMITH JR*, 6­0, 310 54 Tyrique Jarrett (SO, 6-3, 335) Defensive End 44 DAVID DURHAM SR*, 6­2, 240 92 Rori Blair (FR, 6-4, 230) Freeze Linebacker 3 NICHOLAS GRIGSBY JR*, 6­1, 220 Middle Linebacker 47 MATT GALAMBOS SO, 6­2, 245 30 Mike Caprara (SO*, 6-0, 225) Sam Linebacker 28 ANTHONY GONZALEZ SR*, 6­3, 230 4 Bam Bradley (SO*, 6-2, 230) Will Linebacker 8 TODD THOMAS SR*, 6­2, 230 58 Quintin Wirginis (FR, 6-2, 220) Cornerback 6 LAFAYETTE PITTS JR*, 5­11, 195 14 Avonte Maddox (FR, 5-9, 165) Cornerback 15 REGGIE MITCHELL SO*, 6­0, 185 38 Ryan Lewis (SO*, 6-0, 195) Strong Safety 2 TERRISH WEBB SO, 5­11, 180 26 Jevonte Pitts (SO*, 5-11, 205) Free Safety 9 RAY VINOPAL SR*, 5­10, 200 25 Pat Amara (FR, 6-2, 190) SPECIALISTS Punter 18 RYAN WINSLOW FR*, 6­5, 210 12 Chris Blewitt (SO, 5-9, 185) Placekicker 12 CHRIS BLEWITT SO, 5­9, 185 18 Ryan Winslow (FR*, 6-5, 210) Holder 18 RYAN WINSLOW FR*, 6­5, 210 45 Nick Goldsmith (FR, 6-2, 210) Long Snapper 67 DAVID MURPHY JR*, 6­1, 220 61 Pat Quirin (SO*, 6-1, 220) Kickoff Returner 23 TYLER BOYD SO, 6­2, 190 10 Ronald Jones (JR*, 5-8, 170) 14 Avonte Maddox (FR, 5-9, 165) Punt Returner 23 TYLER BOYD SO, 6­2, 190 88 Kevin Weatherspoon (SR*, 5-10, 175) LET’S GO PITT!
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