PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pitt football head coach Paul Chryst joined “The Fan Morning Show” on Thursday for his regular weekly spot with the Panthers set to take on Florida International on Saturday.
Chryst liked the resiliency that his team showed against Boston College last Friday.READ MORE: Sheetz Raises Hourly Wages By $2 For All Employees Permanently, Introduces Summer Stimulus Program
“It certainly was big,” Chryst said. “I thought it was good for this team to have to go through some adversity. Defensively, we gave up a score on the first drive and then we were about to bounce back on that. Chad [Voytik] had his first pick and he bounced back, and a big stop by the defense.”
He said that he expects to give standout running back James Conner some snaps at defensive end at some point this season, which many thought would have already happened by now.
“That’s what he’s wondering too,” Chryst said with a laugh. “He’s still getting some practice snaps at it, and we’re going to need him, I think, on defense at some point.”
He also talked about helping guys like Conner or wide receiver Tyler Boyd balance enjoying individual success with staying focused on team success.READ MORE: Stacy Smith To Retire From KDKA-TV On May 30
“There’s a fine line to me,” Chryst said. “First of all, as we’ve kind of seen it in the conference awards, personal recognition will come from team success, and I really do believe in that. You also want them to enjoy and you want to appreciate them being recognized, and you don’t want to be that guy to just zap it all from them. But at the same time, you’ve got to be grounded.”
Chryst joins “The Fan Morning Show” Thursdays at 7:20 a.m.
The interview can be heard here: