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August 11, 2012

Training camp report: The first scrimmage

Pitt held its first scrimmage of training camp on Saturday morning, and if history has shown anything, it's that the offense generally "loses" the first scrimmage of camp. The cliche is that defense starts faster than offense, and that holds true when a team holds its first scrimmage.

That was more or less the case on Saturday, as Pitt's defense made a number of big plays, most coming from the front line but more than a few happening on the back end. But Pitt's offense acquitted itself nicely for the first scrimmage, with more than a handful of effective drives.

"It was alright," redshirt senior offensive lineman Ryan Turnley said after the scrimmage. "We started off decent on the first couple drives. We went down the field and we were executing, but then things got a little bit sloppy toward the middle and we got a little more physical towards the end. We just have to be more consistent."

Head coach Paul Chryst was hesitant to identify any individual players who stood out in the scrimmage. Although he did agree that the defensive line was impressive, Chryst said after the scrimmage that he is looking forward to post-practice evaluation as the coaches move into Week Two of training camp.

"We got to run a lot of plays, which was good, and I think the film will show," Chryst said. "We had guys doing the right things, and it gives them a chance to have success, and guys that we have to make sure they keep grinding away and they haven't gotten it yet."

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