With one game remaining in the 2012 campaign, the practices leading up to the bowl game can be crucial for underclassmen trying to make their mark. There is only so much time left to impress the coaches heading into next season, and maybe even convince the staff to call their numbers in Birmingham.
According to senior running back Ray Graham, some of the younger offensive linemen have made encouraging strides since the beginning of the season. Graham said they're doing a good job and having fun, which is making the game come easier to them.
Redshirt senior offensive lineman Chris Jacobson echoed Graham's sentiments, even singling out one of his fellow linemen in particular.
"I think Adam Bisnowaty is going to be a stud," Jacobson said of the Fox Chapel grad who's taking a redshirt in his first year. "I feel like he'll be a four-year starter here. He's good and he's improved all year and I feel like [offensive line coach Jim Hueber] has done a great job with him and he really impressed me a lot, so he'll do well."
Jacobson added Bisnowaty has gained approximately 30 pounds and can bench press 80 pounds more since arriving at Pitt, and that the coaches are playing him at left tackle in practice.
"He's doing well [at left tackle]. He gets his hands on people, sits well when he gets bulled and he can run block," Jacobson said. "He just needs to keep working hard and keep listening to Coach Hueber and just do what he's coached to do. He works hard he's got a grind mentality. I really am excited for him because he's going to be good."
On defense, junior defensive tackle Aaron Donald said a number of players have stood out to him recently and have done so all season. He mentioned specifically freshman linebacker Mike Caprara from Woodland hills, who's also redshirting this season, as an underclassman who's been playing well on defense.
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