PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Starkey and Mueller broadcasted live from the Pitt South Side facilities Tuesday and were joined on-set by head coach Paul Chryst as he talked about the impact of spring drills and how he sees his team performing next year.
On the matter of spring drills, Chryst said there’s more of a focus on the individual during the spring as opposed to the fall when they begin working on plays and mastering the playbook.
“I think what spring is… it’s for guys to focus on themselves a little bit. I think it’s totally different than fall camp,” Chryst said. “Where fall camp the season is imminent, it’s coming on you, I think spring ball, there’s a chance for each guy to kind of hone his craft, so there’s a lot of individual work. You’re not as concerned about plays as you are with just developing the player.”
One big variable for Pitt this year is their new quarterback in Chad Voytik. Chryst talked about how the playbook changes with a guy like Voytik under center and what he’ll be able to do.
“I think quarterback and offensive line are the two areas that you tailor it (the offense) most to. Right now, it’s finding out really what all our players can do, and certainly with Chad specifically, what are the things he can do well and fit his skill set; and then, I think it’s our job within the offense to make sure that we’re using those skills.”
Chryst also talked about one of his top players in Tyler Boyd, the message he’s trying to drive home to his players and the big offensive line that he’s building here at Pitt like he did at Wisconsin.