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Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi instructs his team during an intra-squad game in Pittsburgh in April.
Pitt doesn't know much about what to expect from a totally revamped UMass Football roster this weekend, but there are still some familiar faces on both sidelines as the Panthers and Minutemen gear up for Saturday's season opener. The University of Pittsburgh football team, like UMass and every other college squad, is tired of just looking at their teammates as opponents, and are looking forward to seeing a real foe. Bell has said the Minutemen had a quality preseason camp, and Narduzzi said Pitt has done the same.
The are a multitude of differences between Pitt and UMass. Those are nice for the history books, but will have little to say about which team wins the game on Saturday. What could go a long way toward determining a winner is experience.
There is where Pitt has a huge advantage. Nine of the offensive starters are seniors, while five of the defensive starters are seniors.
Of the top 22, only three Pitt players are underclassmen and they are all sophomores. UMass will be starting Tyler Lytle at quarterback.
Lytle, a transfer from Colorado, was 4 for 6 for 55 yards passing in his career with the Buffaloes. Pickett has played in 39 career games in his three seasons, starting 36 times. Pickett has thrown for 7, yards in his career and could pass Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino this year. Marino had thrown for 8, yards from Right now things are really slow. It looks like DBs and linebackers are moving in mud out there. As to looking at the Minutemen, Narduzzi noted the fact that UMass played four games in and lost them all.
Mark Whipple is the offensive coordinator at Pitt, landing that job after Bell replaced him at UMass. That, however, is not the only Narduzzi-UMass connection. Heck of a coach.
Howard Herman can be reached at hherman berkshireeagle. Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass. Edit Close. Log In. Share this. Author facebook Author twitter Author. Notifications Settings. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.Looking to play can host
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