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Now that spring drills have ended, it’s time to remind those evaluating the Pitt football program based on Blue-Gold Game to be fair warned that coaches can and do manipulate scrimmages.

That said, it should come as no surprise that the defense dominated. After all, what was Pitt’s greatest concern after five-game losing streak to end the 2006 season at 6-6 season ?

That’s right, the blue jerseys.

It’s entirely possible that certain players shined and others struggled because they were put in situations that either enhanced their strengths or exposed their weaknesses.

The quarterbacks aren’t as bad as they looked and the defensive line isn’t as good as it looked Saturday at Heinz Field (although it’s safe to say that Elijah Fields is every bit as athletically amazing as he appeared on that 53-yard interception return for a TD).

Later this week, I’ll offer a position-by-position breakdown of the Panthers, with analysis and predictions. For now, I’ll open the forum to Pitt fans to respond to the following questions:

Which position provides the greatest cause for concern, what would you do to solve the problem and why? Please include your name and hometown/neighborhood in sending e-mails to



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