4-1-Zoo: Graham Talks Next Year’s QB

By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pitt head coach Todd Graham has been rather blunt at times this season regarding the lack of production at quarterback.

He’s mentioned that quarterback Tino Sunseri holds on to the ball too long, plays too slow and takes too many sacks. Graham has also been seen chewing Sunseri out on the sideline during games, most memorably during Sunseri’s 400-yard effort against South Florida earlier this season.

While Graham has made it clear that he and the coaching staff need to do a better job of coaching Sunseri and the rest of the offense, he has alluded that he’s never had these types of problems in his coaching career and that he’s doing the best he can with what’s available to him.

Graham took that a step further Tuesday, speaking to reporters about what to expect next year at quarterback.

Graham told reporters that he’s open to looking around for a fifth-year quarterback that could compete for a starting job next season — a situation that has clearly benefited the likes of Wisconsin with Russell Wilson, who transferred from N.C. State.

He also said that he’s not opposed to starting a true freshman at quarterback. Interestingly enough, one of the most heralded high school quarterbacks in the country, Chad Voytik, is on his way to Pitt next year.

Add to that Graham not completely ruling out the chance of redshirt freshman Mark Myers seeing time on Saturday against Syracuse in his press conference Monday, and it sure sounds like Graham is fed up with Sunseri at quarterback and looking to open the competition to anyone and everyone available.

Interestingly enough, Sunseri isn’t going to be made available for interviews this week, further driving speculation wild.

I’m not very good at predictions. If you want proof take a look at my Final Four picks over the last decade …  or my 8-3 prediction for Pitt football this year … or my 10-2 prediction for Pitt football last year (the list goes on).

I have to say, though, that all signs point to an open competition in spring practice and training camp next year as Graham searches for the very best fit in his offensive system.

That fit does not appear to be Sunseri.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog

  • gunter

    Face it, if Tino wasn’t Sal’s kid, he would have been benched long ago. In a nutshell, it isn’t fair to the rest of the kids on the team that play their hearts out, to have to put up with a lackluster QB that’s only in there because of who his father is.

    • Chris Gates

      While I’ll agree Sunseri’s play has been lackluster, suggesting he has been a starter at any time in his career because of his father is the most illogical argument any Pitt fan can make.

  • Joe

    My problem with Sunseri is that he didn’t make any progress since last season. Pitt ended up 8-5, won the bowl game, and I expected better things from him. Instead he regressed. Maybe the new coach, the new system, etc. threw him, but this was his year to step up and he hasn’t.

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