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New Pitt Recruit Tra'Von Chapman Hoping To Play As Freshman

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If Chapman wants to play in 2013, he'll need to contend with several quarterbacks, including transfer Tom Savage (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
If Chapman wants to play in 2013, he'll need to contend with several quarterbacks, including transfer Tom Savage (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Lots of freshman talk about playing right away. While that's even possible at certain positions, you rarely see it with quarterbacks. Still, Pitt's newest high-profile recruit, Tra'Von Chapman, is hoping he'll get his shot.

'Hoping' actually isn't the right word - Chapman thinks he can.

Chapman is hoping to buck the trend a bit and be a first-year contributor under center:
Looking ahead to next year at Pitt, Chapman likes his chances of playing early.
"I think I have a good chance of playing as a freshman," Chapman said. "Obviously there is competition everywhere. I think if I come in with the right attitude and work hard I will have a legit chance to play."
That remains to be seen, of course. Granted, Chapman doesn't say he will be the starter, so there probably is a chance he could see the field if he adds a different dimension. He's thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and rushed for about 800 this past season, so he's a bit of a dual-threat. But Pitt also won't want to burn his redshirt to allow him to run a few plays, either.

When it comes to competition, he'll have to go against transfer Tom Savage (assuming Pitt is in the ACC and he's eligible to play) and Chad Voytik, who will have a season on him. Lurking in the background will also be upperclassmen Mark Myers and Trey Anderson.
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