Tino Sunseri was named Big East offensive player of the week after throwing for 283 yards and three touchdowns against Virginia Tech, but Pitt coach Paul Chryst made a point of emphasizing that football is a team sport.
“He earned being named Big East player of the week, absolutely earned it,” Chryst said, “but yet he didn’t do one thing on his own out there.”
— Sunseri was among several Pitt players who were bothered by injuries before, during and after the game, but refused to sit down.
“(Wide receiver) Mike Shanahan was pretty banged up, too; a couple of linemen were pretty banged up. I know (defensive tackle) Aaron Donald was playing hurt. (Defensive end) Bryan Murphy played hurt. You appreciate guys who put themselves out there, but (Sunseri) was not alone.”
— Chryst praised the play of freshman tight end J.P. Holtz, who started in place of Hubie Graham (clavicle) and recovered a Shell fumble in the third quarter. “We developed a little depth at tight end,” Chryst said.
— Pitt plays Gardner-Webb on Saturday at Heinz Field in its second game this season against an FCS school. It is a one-year aberration on the Panthers’ schedule, due to the breakup of the Big East. Nice trade: Gardner-Webb for West Virginia. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 0-3 and lost, 41-8, at Richmond. West Virginia is the eighth-ranked team in the nation.
— Gardner-Webb is coached by Ron Dickerson Jr., the son of former Pitt assistant Ron Dickerson (1979-1980). The younger Dickerson coached Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace at Mississippi.