Here’s an interesting story that describes, in simple terms, the character of Pitt quarterback Tom Savage and why his teammates play hard for him:
Long before Savage “tweaked” his knee (his word) in the North Carolina game, he decided to wear a brace on his left knee. He told Pitt’s trainers he wears it mainly for comfort and a sense of security.
But he didn’t ask for the brace until this season, even though he was practicing every day last year after transferring. When head trainer Rob Blanc asked why he waited so long, Savage said he wasn’t eligible to play, so he didn’t want to use a brace that could have helped another player.
Who’s at tackle?
Coach Paul Chryst said he knows who will play offensive left tackle in Syracuse, but, of course, he won’t say. The choices are Adam Bisnowaty, who has a back injury, senior Juantez Hollins and freshman Dorian Johnson. Hollins replaced Johnson last week, but Chryst made sure he praised both players. He also pointed out what they have done wrong, too, just to be fair.
“There are a couple plays (Hollins) wants back that we can’t have happen again,” he said, “but I thought he matched up well. He has had a good week of practice. I thought Dorian had some really good snaps. He got exposed a couple times at Georgia Tech, but I thought he learned from that.”
I’m sure most fans think Johnson should play because he’s the future, but Chryst — correctly — will play the guy who gives him the best chance to win Saturday. He’ll worry about the future, you know, in the future.
Left guard Cory King hasn’t played since Oct. 12 after suffering back and hamstring injuries. It’s an unfortunate story for the fifth-year senior, who sacrificed his junior year for the good of the team, moving to the unfamiliar tackle position, even though guard is his natural position.
“You know (not playing) is bothering him,” Chryst said. “He is doing everything he can to get back. But he doesn’t have a woe-is-me approach. You can either give energy or take energy and he still gives energy. “This is a guy who tried to do everything he could to have as good a senior year as possible, and you’re missing out on what you had hoped would be a full season.
“We hope he will be able to finish it on the field.”