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August 22, 2010

Camp report: Pitt officially breaks camp

Even though there are technically two more days of practice left on the schedule, Pitt officially broke training camp 2010 on Saturday. The players moved out of Sutherland Hall - their training camp residence - following Saturday's practice, but the team will still hold an afternoon workout on Sunday and a special practice at Heinz Field on Monday prior to Fan Fest.

The players will have Tuesday off and then regroup in the South Side on Wednesday to begin game prep for the season opener against Utah.

Saturday's practice was originally scheduled to be Pitt's third scrimmage of training camp, but the coaches decided to dial things back a bit. Rather than a full-blown scrimmage, the team went through the paces of a regular practice, which generally followed this itinerary:

- Stretching
- Ball security
- Field goals
- Punt coverage
- Punt return
- Kickoff coverage
- Kick return
- Individual position work
- Half-7-on-7's
- Full 7-on-7's
- 11-on-11 team drills

Within that schedule, there are several notes. The special teams periods were shorter than the individual and team periods. During special teams work, the players who aren't on special teams worked in position drills. During half-7-on-7's and full 7-on-7's, the linemen worked individually and in O-line/D-line one-on-one's. And the practice ended with a few full-contact live situations, mostly focused around short-yardage and goalline situations.

"I thought today was good; it was good work," head coach Dave Wannstedt said after practice. "With not being an all-out scrimmage, we were able to zero in and script some specific parts of our game that we need to improve at on offense, defense and special teams. So we had a very good practice scripted and organized, and then we had a little bit of live contact stuff at the end.

"At this point in camp, with where we're at in relationship to the start of the season, I was pleased with where we're at. Now, I'll end that by saying we still have a lot of work to do. Are we better today than we were yesterday? Yes we are. But are we ready to play this football game? No we're not. We've got work to do. In our minds, we've got Sunday and Monday, which are training camp-mentality days. Then we'll give them Tuesday off and we'll come back and everything will be committed to Utah."



Click here for the full rundown on Saturday's practice




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