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Breaking down the Panthers

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Now that spring drills have concluded, we can reflect on what transpired at every position. Be forewarned that nothing is decided after spring practice and very little is based on the Blue-Gold Game.

The Pitt coaching staff wasn’t able to get a full gauge of the team at certain positions because of injuries to key players and the impending arrival of touted freshmen, but it did find out who could play and who couldn’t.

Although many fans probably are ready to pencil in newcomers at a handful of positions, only three are expected to contend for starting jobs: quarterback Pat Bostick, tailback LeSean McCoy and defensive lineman Tommie Duhart. A fourth, offensive lineman Chris Jacobson, could make a push for playing time, as well.

After watching 15 practices and talking to Pitt coaches and players, here’s my take on the Panthers. Things could change greatly in training camp, so don’t take these as projected starting lineups for the season opener but instead as a guide of what to expect heading into the fall.

I’ll put each position capsule up one at a time, so check back periodically for updates. Also, feel free to send feedback on your thoughts and off-season suggestions for Sitting Ringside to kgorman@tribweb.com.

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