September 24, 2007

O-line issues rise again

It may not be the biggest problem on a team full of issues, but Pitt's offensive line is a weakness once again.

Each year the Panthers have been under Dave Wannstedt's watch, the offensive line has struggled in virtually every task, whether that task is protecting the quarterback or creating holes for the running backs. Either way, the line has failed in Pitt's two most recent games, losses to Michigan State and Connecticut that dropped the team's record to 2-2.

"They've been inconsistent," Wannstedt said on Monday. "We should be better. We expect to be better and we have to be better if we're going to improve this offense."

Pitt's line struggles in 2007 are especially frustrating, since it appeared in training camp that there was a possibility of effectiveness from the unit. The Panthers returned four starters in senior left tackle Jeff Otah, senior right tackle Mike McGlynn, junior left guard C.J. Davis, and sophomore right guard Joe Thomas. In addition, Pitt also had redshirt senior Chris Vangas ready to step in at center and sophomore Jason Pinkston set at right tackle.

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