It’s probably not ideal when the first sight at Pitt practice is this:
One of the starting outside linebackers pedaling on the exercise bike with strength coach Ross Kolodziej.
That, of course, is senior Todd Thomas, who came out of heavy traffic Monday with what appears to be a leg injury and, then, missed practice Tuesday.
Coach Paul Chryst said it is not serious.
“He’ll be back,” Chryst said. “I don’t know if it will be tomorrow or the next day, but it’s sooner rather than later.”
The outside linebacker position was further depleted by the absence of Bam Bradley, who was inserted into the lineup Monday after Thomas was injured. Chryst said Bradley was excused to attend to a family matter. That gave Nicholas Grigsby more snaps than usual.
Meanwhile, freshman middle linebacker Quintin Wirginis should circle Tuesday in red on his calendar. He made several plays on the ball, drawing unsolicited praise from Chryst when the coach met with reporters.
“I noticed him,” Chryst said of Wirginis.
I don’t claim to know the man better than anyone else, but one aspect of Chryst’s coaching style that is beyond question is that he saves his compliments for when they are truly deserved.
One more note: Not sure which of these two feats were more impressive: Freshman Qadree Ollison bursting through the middle for a 45-yard gain, or freshman cornerback Avonte Maddox running him down.
By the way, freshman wide receiver Adonis Jennings (groin) returned to practice and was hanging around the punt returners, including Tyler Boyd.
Todd he’ll be back I don’t know if it will be tomorrow or the next day but it’s sooner than later