Pitt wide receiver Devin Street, well-spoken and smart, appears to be more eager for his senior season than the NFL draft.
Street, a redshirt junior, said coach Paul Chryst suggested he file the necessary paperwork to determine his potential standing with the NFL, but he said he doubts he will leave.
“(Coming back) is a great opportunity for me to get a little stronger and improve my game,” he said.
He also said he likes being one of the older players on the team.
“Guys come to me and ask me questions,” he said. “I would definitely be excited to get back at it next year.”
He did admit, however, that the presence of NFL scouts at the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5 will be exciting.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to go out there and prove what I have to offer,” he said.
Even if the scouts will file it away until 2014.
KEEP AN EYE OPEN
Chryst is using pre-bowl practices to get a look at young players and put down a foundation for spring drills. After I spoke to a few players Tuesday, these names surfaced as future Panthers to watch:
– Freshman safety Jevonte Pitts of Woodland Hills
– Freshman wide receiver Chris Wuestner
– Senior-to-be quarterback Tom Savage
– Redshirt junior running back Desmond Brown.
Street said Savage has one of the strongest arms he has ever seen.
Chryst said he won’t burn anyone’s redshirt in the bowl game and probably will stick with the same rotations of personnel he has used all season.
READ MY LIPS
A reporter asked Chryst if he was pleased that the rumors connecting his name to the Wisconsin opening had a short shelf life.
He answered that he had no trouble keeping his focus on Pitt, no matter how long his name was out there.
“There was a lot more talk around it than what I lived,” he said.
Asked to elaborate, he complied, smiling: “There was a lot more talk around it than what I lived.”
End of discussion.
I like the way Chryst approaches his job and refuses to complicate it with clutter.
NO NEED TO WORRY
Linebacker Todd Thomas said he never was worried about Chryst leaving.
“Coach Chryst came here for a reason,” he said. “There is no way you’re going to come and preach what he did and just leave. He’s a good guy. He’s a real good coach. I knew he was here for the long haul.”
LESSONS FROM GRAHAM
Freshman running back Rushel Shell said he learned a lot playing behind senior Ray Graham, and the best of it was unrelated to football.
He said Graham told him, “Whenever things aren’t going your way and it looks like everything is about to just end, just keep on pushing and eventually you will come to the light.”
Shell added that he was unconcerned when Graham received the bulk of the carries in the latter part of the season.
“I feel like you should put whoever is doing the best in the game, and that’s who was doing the best,” Shell said.
OFF TO WISCONSIN
Glassboro, N.J., running back Corey Clement, who committed to Pitt in June before changing his mind, has said he will attend Wisconsin. Clement is the 15th-ranked running back in the nation, No. 1 in New Jersey.