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August 1, 2012Paul Chryst made his first and last appearance at Big East media day in Newport (RI) on Tuesday and talked about everything from Pitt's future to the status of the team's best player. Here are Chryst's thoughts at media day, courtesy of ScarletNation.com's Bobby Deren.
On Ray Graham:
"I would much rather error on being cautious than pushing him too soon He's had a good summer and I'm looking forward to getting out and Ray being on the field. Obviously a good and healthy Ray is a great thing for this team."
"We have three guys coming off of knees, Ray Graham, Todd Thomas and Chris Jacobsen. All three, every report we are getting is they're on schedule. You have no idea until you get out there and they go do it."
On the health of Dan Mason
"I can appreciate the whole scope of it. I think he's not in a risk. Like with other guys, we have to be cautious with risking. I think Dan is but he's still making progress. it will be interesting, but he won't be limited in any way."
On being in the Big East for only one year
"This is new for me. It's like I am comparing this to anything else. I really think if you are doing it right, my job is to coach the team. This group of guys will only be together for one year. So it's really not hard for us to play with that short-sightedness. You know and respect the league and the opponents. So you know you can't not do what's right there. This group of seniors, there are some really good guys, you know it's their last year. So you have to do everything you can to make sure they have the best experience. So I don't think it is as big a story to us."
On the biggest position battle going into camp
"They all are. I love the fact that you have to prove it every day. That's the only way you get better. They are all big, but we do need guys. You need depth, once you solidify your starters."
On Jarred Holley and Mike Shanahan
"Jarred and Mike Shanahan missed spring ball but they really had good summers. We knew where they were going to be farther ahead."