ESPN.com names Brooks Bollinger as Pitt's top assistant

Jared Wickerham

Tino Sunseri had a big season - there's no denying that. Even the most ardent detractors had to admit that the quarterback was not only improved, but by a significant amount. I'm not sure how many starting quarterbacks that played every game had only two interceptions, but it likely wasn't many.

That caught the eye of ESPN's Andrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna and the duo named quarterbacks coach Brookis Bollinger as Pitt's top assistant:

Pitt -- Brooks Bollinger, quarterbacks. The first-year college coach stands out here for his work with fifth-year Panthers quarterback Tino Sunseri, who came into the season much-maligned and didn't do much in the first two weeks to convince anyone things would change. Since then? Pitt is 6-4, with Sunseri's only other pick coming in a Week 3 rout of Virginia Tech. He has gone 270 passes without another interception, the nation's longest active streak, and he has 19 touchdowns and just two picks on the season. The Panthers are tied for the nation lead in fewest turnovers, with just eight, and Sunseri looks much more comfortable back running a pro-style attack.

Giving Bollinger all the credit for Sunseri's development wouldn't be fair, obviously. Surely, some of the credit has to be given to head coach Paul Chryst's new offense and also to the coach himself. Another part of it is Sunseri is just a bit more matured. He also had the benefit of playing with a pretty veteran receiving corps where his top four receivers were all familiar to him and upperclassmen.

But all of that said, Bollinger clearly worked miracles with Sunseri and its hard to disagree too much with giving him that distinction.

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