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Inside Pitt Football Camp – Day 8 AM Practice

With their first scrimmage looming this afternoon, the Panthers had a light, shoulder pads-and-shorts practice in perhaps the best weather of camp yet.

Neither right guard Joe Thomas nor defensive ends Chris McKillop and Greg Romeus practiced, so there were some shake-ups with the first-team offense and defense.

Redshirt junior Dom Williams took Thomas’ place on the offensive line, next to right tackle Jason Pinkston, center Chris Vangas, left guard C.J. Davis, left tackle Jeff Otah and tight end Nate Byham.

Redshirt freshman Ty Tkach replaced McKillop and Romeus at left defensive end, next to nose tackle John Malecki, defensive tackle Gus Mustakas and opposite end Joe Clermond.

There were no other changes to the starting lineup, but freshman John Fieger took Williams’ spot at second-team right guard and freshman Tony Tucker moved up to second-team end. Also, after a strong practice Monday, redshirt sophomore Mick Williams lined up at second-team defensive tackle ahead of sophomore Tommie Duhart and redshirt freshman Nate Nix moved to second-team weak-side linebacker ahead of Jemeel Brady.

The third-team units looked like this:

Offensively, Jordan Gibbs was at left tackle, Fieger at left guard, Greg Gaskins at center, Scott Corson at right guard and Frank Kochin at right tackle with Dustin Walters at tight end, Andrew Janocko at quarterback, Shariff Harris at tailback and Aundre Wright and Austin Ransom split wide.

Defensively, Myles Caragein and Justin Hargove played end with Craig Bokor and Wayne Jones inside, Tristan Roberts, Max Gruder and Brian Kaiser at linebacker, Aaron Smith and Sherod Murdock at corner and Shawn Besong and Michael Toerper at safety.

* In 11-on-11 play:

* Clermond came from the backside to stop fullback Conredge Collins behind the line of scrimmage.

* Tight end Darrell Strong signaled for a flag for pass interference after a Bill Stull corner fade was batted down by linebacker Adam Gunn.

* A deep pass intended for Marcel Pestano was broken up by cornerback Lowell Robinson, a converted safety who seems to have a found a place on the depth chart not so much because of his coverage skills but his closing speed and hitting ability.

* Corner Ricky Gary intercepted a Kevan Smith pass intended for Oderick Turner in the end zone.

* Stull rolled right, throwing a touchdown pass to T.J. Porter, who made a diving catch in the corner of the end zone.

* In hurry-up-offense drills, Stull threw a nice pass to Pestano for 20-plus yards and a first down. Stull spiked it on first and third downs, with Collins taking a draw on second down. On fourth down, Stull threw a touchdown pass to Pestano, who caught it at the goal line despite double coverage from Aaron Berry and Mike Phillips.

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