Pitt vs. Duke: Breaking down the two deep

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

Taking a look at the Pitt depth chart for their first road contest at Duke.

Pitt made very little change to the depth chart from last week overall, except for a "new" starting outside linebacker.

QB - Tom Savage, Chad Voytik

Still no quarterback controversy just yet. Look, we all knew Savage would struggle with all the time off, and it is showing. He is making some poor reads, and he has four interceptions to show for it. The flipside is that he has made some big throws, and he appears to be a very talented. We did get our first look at Voytik in the fourth quarter, and he 1-1 on the year for eight yards.

RB - Isaac Bennett, James Conner

Isaac Bennett is the listed starter, but in a perfect world both guys can and will share the carries almost equally. Conner has actually been slightly more impressive, but both guys will have the opportunity to run for 100 yards a game as long as they are here. Chryst likes it that way, and he has been successful doing it.

WR - Devin Street* Tyler Boyd* Kevin Weatherspoon Ed Tinker

Devin Street is off to a tremendous start, and it is easy to see why he is one of the better receivers in the conference. The unfortunate thing for Pitt's leading receiver, is everyone is talking about the new kid on the block. Tyler Boyd has been outstanding so far, and there is just no way around that. Boyd is Pitt's best weapon, and will be as long as he wears the blue and gold. Still no receptions for any other receiver besides Street and Boyd.

TE - JP Holtz* Manasseh Garner* Scott Orndoff Jaymar Parrish

The tight end position is very important to this team, and all four guys have been on the field quite a bit. Garner looks to be the best option as a receiver, but Orndoff hauled in a touchdown last week against New Mexico. All four of the guys will get their chances to make plays, but their blocking is key. Check out Tyler Boyd's touchdown run, and see the block Garner made.



LT - Adam Bisnowaty, Juantez Hollins

LG - Cory King, Ryan Schlieper

C - Artie Rowell, Gabe Roberts

RG - Matt Rotheram, Shane Johnson

RT - TJ Clemmings, Dorian Johnson

No changes for the offensive line and that is a good thing. It appears things are starting to come together for the unit. The paved the way for two 100-yard rushers last week, and gave Savage ample time to make throws. The big news was Dorian Johnson played and helped on the first touchdown drive.

DE - David Durham* Bryan Murphy* Ejuan Price* Devin Cook Shakir Soto

This unit remains the same and they did well against New Mexico. Ejuan Price made a nice pass deflection, Devin Cook made a diving play for a loss, and Durham and Murphy were steady. They did not play well against Florida State and they can still be overmatched against bigger lines.

DT - Aaron Donald, Darryl Render

Aaron Donald is really good at football. I know all the attention is on Boyd and Street right now, but Donald is Pitt's best overall player. He literally embarrassed the entire New Mexico defensive line the whole game, and he already has three sacks on the season.

NT - Tyrone Ezell, LaQuentin Smith

Ezell has been doing his job by taking up blockers, and allowing Donald and the linebackers to make plays. He is definitely an unsung hero of this team.

SAM LB - Anthony Gonzalez, Nicholas Grigsby

Last week Bam Bradley was named the starter, but due to a minor shoulder injury, Todd Thomas was back in the lineup. Gonzalez has shifted to this side, and has been steady this season.

MLB - Shane Gordon, Matt Galambos

Shane Gordon was around the ball quite a bit, and made some nice plays. I found it curious the starting linebackers played towards the end of the game. I wonder if the backups did something wrong, or they wanted more reps for the first team.

WILL LB - Todd Thomas, Bam Bradley

Thomas posted a nice game during his first start of the season. He is easily one of Pitt's most talented defenders, and I do not expect him to relinquish this starting spot for the rest of the year.

CB - Lafayette Pitts* K'waun Williams* Titus Howard Trenton Coles

The corners remained unchanged again, and they played steady against the Lobos. Pitts is getting more of the action it seems, and he has done well. Williams is a solid player, and it appeared New Mexico respected him. The young backups are getting better, and it is still very early in the season.

SS - Jason Hendricks, Terrish Webb

Jason Henrdicks looked like an all ACC performer against New Mexico. He made a ton plays against both the run and the pass.

FS - Ray Vinopal Cullen Christian OR Jevonte Pitts

Vinopal is still near the team lead in tackles but has missed some assignments in both games. It is certainly something to keep an eye on. It appeared Christian did not see action until late in the game.

Special Teams - Punter - Matt Yoklic, Kicker - Chris Blewitt, Long Snapper - Kevin Barthelemy

No changes here. Blewitt made all of his extra point attempts. Yoklic was not needed much last week, so no issues at all from the kicking game. The special teams coverage was bad on the kickoffs.

Returners - PR - K'waun Williams KR - Lafayette Pitts, Tyler Boyd

Obviously we all want to see more Tyler Boyd. He is top 20 nationally in all purpose yardage per game, so hopefully he sees a few more returns.
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