Tino Sunseri Was Bright Spot In Pitt's Debacle Against Youngstown State

Sunseri was one of the few bright spots for Pitt on Saturday (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It's fair to say that Tino Sunseri has taken his fair share of lumps over the past year. So, in turn, it's only reasonable that he should get credit when he's played well.

It's amazing what perception does to people. On my way to church this morning, I turned on the radio and promptly heard a caller suggest that Pitt needs to play Chad Voytik instead of Sunseri this season because he just isn't very good. If Sunseri had struggled in his first game, that type of sentiment would be more understood. But that wasn't the case - not by a long shot.

In Saturday's game against Youngstown State, Sunseri was 19-30 for 239 yards and a touchdown. As I pointed out in one of the comment threads, if he kept up that pace, he'd end up with more than 3,000 yards completing 63% of his passes if the team got to a bowl game.

Heading into the season, any logical Pitt fan would take those numbers.

Particularly impressive was the small amount of mistakes by the quarterback. Sunseri took only one sack by my count and didn't have the same problem of holding onto the ball too much that plagued him last season. The other thing to like was that while he was off on some throws, he didn't have any interceptions in the contest.

It was only one game and Sunseri will surely face better defenses. On top of that, he wasn't perfect and still missed some open receivers. But all in all, it's hard to not like what he did out there.

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