Pitt certainly has some question marks across the board for the 2013 football season, but tight end spot is not one of them. Pitt has the luxury of bringing back sophomore J.P. Holtz as the returning starter. After being pressed into action last season, Holtz responded with an impressive freshman season. He will likely come into a bigger role in the offense this season and his physical presence makes him an excellent blocker as well.
Paul Chryst also has another traditional tight end with plenty of upside. Scott Orndoff is a true freshman from nearby Seton La Salle High School, and enrolled early. Orndoff made an impression in spring football and came up with some big plays in the Blue-Gold game. Orndoff recorded two catches for 45 yards with both coming up for scores. He looks college ready and should see some time this season.
The other half of the position is manned by two non-traditional tight ends. Manasseh Garner is a Wisconsin transfer, and he will add a different element to the team. It's hard to watch him play and not think of Dorin Dickerson. He is a big, strong player with athleticism to create problems for opposing defenses. Garner caught 10 passes for 100 yards in the spring game. Drew Carswell is a tall lanky tight end, that almost could pass for a receiver. He had a nice season last year, but needs to be more consistent.
There will be plenty of question marks heading into fall camp for this Pitt team, but it looks like tight end will not be one of them. The biggest concern will be how to get all the guys necessary touches.