I've been going through the post-practice notes and quotes from head coach Todd Graham and there have been some pretty good bits of information.
Looks like Graham is making some more position changes - this time at center.
Jack Lippert, a Wannstedt recruit and redshirt sophomore entering next season was there. It looked like he could contend for time at center, but he's apparently headed back to defense.
And with that, Graham announced a surprise contender for center - Chris Jacobson.
Lippert, if you'll remember, came to Pitt as a highly-touted defensive player that Wannstedt moved to center. He was one of the top defensive ends in the country, but Pitt had depth there and needed help on the O-Line.
Now Graham has moved him back to defense and is looking at some new players at center:
We looked at Chris Jacobson at center a little bit. We’re trying to feel around and get the right make-up at the front. That’s probably the biggest area that we need to develop and get some consistency with – the center position. Jack Lippert went to the defense position – he played that in high school and wanted to do that, so we gave him the opportunity.
He went on to say:
"I like what I saw out of Jacobson today. I’m very high on him – I like his attitude. He’s coming off a knee injury, so he’s not a 100% and he’s been very impressive still. I think with his injury it’s very hard for him to bend – he’s a 6’7" guy. He’s fired up with anything we ask him to do. I’m very impressed with him, Lucas Nix and Jordan Gibbs.
I'm not going into the specifics about the rest of the offensive line that are in the article - go read it. But Graham definitely sounds like he's interested in making a lot of moves there. I'm definitely not opposed to moving guys around - in college, it simply needs to be done most of the time. But I wouldn't say I'm in favor of taking guys at the top of their position in high school and moving them not only out of position, but on the other side of the ball. Lippert was one of the best defensive ends in high school when he came to Pitt, so I'd like to see what he can do on defense and experiment with someone else at center.
I don't know what kind of progress he was making at center,but I'm definitely not opposed to putting him back on D.