By Abbey Way and Matt Popchock

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pitt offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph likes the three-man running back system that the Panthers are using this year, because it keeps the offense fresh throughout the game.

Sophomore Isaac Bennett, senior Ray Graham, and freshman Rushel Shell have been sharing playing time at that position, and this is something that Rudolph expects to continue when Pitt meets Virginia Tech at Heinz Field Saturday.

“I think it’s just getting a feel…it’s trying to keep them fresh and if a guy has got a rhythm go with him,” Rudolph said after practice on the South Side Tuesday.

Highly anticipated freshman Rushel Shell made his debut in that rotation last Thursday, and Rudolph thinks Shell showed some inconsistencies in camp, but has a shot at being a regular part of the rotation if he keeps up the hard work.

As far as playing time for other freshmen on the offensive line, Rudolph said there is a group of freshmen pressing for playing time that need to be ready to go at any moment.

Rudolph also discussed what he expects from Virginia Tech, what the offense needs to improve on to win this week, and the progress of the offensive line since camp:

Kickoff between the Panthers and the No. 13 Hokies will be at noon Saturday on your flagship home of Pitt football, SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan.

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