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Saddler Embraces New Pitt Coaching Staff

Cam Saddler

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Last December receiver/return specialist Cam Saddler, in typical fashion, was outspoken about his suddenly departed head coach, Todd Graham, saying he and his teammates “felt betrayed.” Now the redshirt senior and former Gateway standout says there was definitely a different vibe in the first training camp of the Paul Chryst era.

Saddler was at Heinz Field Thursday for the team’s annual Fan Fest, where he told Pitt color analyst Pat Bostick, sideline reporter Paul Alexander, and 93.7 The Fan sports director Jeff Hathhorn he has enjoyed working with the new coaching staff.

“The fact that we’ve been through so much means we’re down with doing whatever it takes to win,” Saddler said. “These coaches have proven themselves to be winners, so we feel like whatever they do is a formula for success, and that’s all we’ve been looking for these past five years.”

He also talks about the transition to the college game for record-setting Hopewell tailback Rushel Shell, one of the most hyped recruits to don the blue and gold in years.

Check out what Saddler had to say:

Saddler caught 19 passes for 207 yards and one score in 2011 before a fractured sternum against Connecticut Oct. 26–the same game in which tailback Ray Graham was lost for the season–ended his year.

The Panthers open their 2012 at home next Saturday evening against Youngstown State. Kickoff is scheduled at 6:00 on your flagship home of Pitt football, SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan.