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Brian Bennett of ESPN.com stopped by Pitt and has a video interview with Dion Lewis. And speaking of Lewis, Dave Curtis of the Sporting News lists him as the #2 power running back in college football. Not bad for someone who stands only 5'8" and is about 200 pounds.

Getting back to Bennett - he discusses Pitt's secondary while at practice this week. That 'work in progress' will be tested immediately with the game against Utah's spread offense.

Locally, Paul Zeise discusses a poor day of practice on Thursday and also breaks down the scoring changes for this year's Blue/Gold game, which will take place tomorrow. Speaking of the Blue/Gold game, it will be televised on CW and NFL Network at 2:00 p.m. Dave Wannstedt will be providing color commentary and, well, that could be priceless.

One thing to keep an eye on will, of course, be the offensive line. Eyes of the casual fan will likely follow strictly the quarterback play, but no matter who starts, their success will depend on the line providing protection and Dion Lewis' ability to again shoulder much of the load.

Another thing will be the tight ends.

And one player who hasn't been discussed a lot is Cam Saddler. I still am confident he's going to break a return for a TD this year. Too many times last year, he just needed to make one more move and he would have been off to the end zone. And in case his football career doesn't work out, he's got a potential broadcasting future going for him. Which is nice.