QB - 1. Chad Voytik 2. Trey Anderson
Chad Voytik had an up and down game in week two at Boston College. The redshirt sophomore hasn't really done anything to cost his team yet, but he has not been overly impressive either. In fairness to him, Pitt's running game is handling business rather easily. Voytik probably won't be asked to do a whole lot this week either. Trey Anderson should see a fair amount of playing time this week.
RB - 1. James Conner 2. Isaac Bennett
James Conner has been one of the best running backs in the country through two weeks, and he should have his way again this week. I do not expect him to play much beyond the first quarter to be honest. Chris James looked to be the team's second running back last week, and I think that will continue as he could be the workhorse against FIU when Chryst takes Conner out of the game. Isaac Bennett remains listed as the second back, and he will get some touches this week, as will Rachid Ibrahim.
HB - 1. Jaymar Parrish 2. Scott Orndoff
Pitt is third in the nation in rushing yards, and Parrish does not go unnoticed in that statistic. He has been a very good fullback, and has helped open up holes for the backs. Orndoff did not record a catch against Boston College.
WR - 1. Tyler Boyd, Manasseh Garner 2. Kevin Weatherspoon, Ronald Jones
Pitt was not in passing mode in the first two weeks, but Tyler Boyd still finds ways to impact the game. Boyd caught two touchdowns as a part of a five catch performances. Boyd also took a reverse for a big gain, and it set Pitt's two minute drill in motion that led to a score before the half. Garner also played a big role on that last minute drive before the half as he hauled in a big 22 yard catch. He also caught a big pass earlier in the game, but it was called back due to a holding call. No other receivers made a catch last week.
TE - 1. JP Holtz 2. Devon Edwards
JP Holtz came up with a few big catches last week, and finished with 3 catches for 17 yards as Pitt's second leading receiver for the game. Devon Edwards appeared in some running packages.
LT - 1. Adam Bisnowaty 2. Jaryd Jones-Smith
LG - 1. Dorian Johnson 2. Carson Baker
C - 1. Gabe Roberts 2. Alex Officer
RG - 1. Matt Rotheram 2. Alex Officer
RT - 1. T.J. Clemmings 2. Alex Bookser
The offensive line is paving the way for the number three rushing attack in the country. The line has produced the first two lineman of the week honors in the ACC with Rotheram and Clemmings. Everything has been going well, until Artie Rowell was ruled out for the season with an ACL tear. Gabe Roberts well be tasked with taking his spot, and Alex Officer is now the top back-up to Roberts at Center, and Rotheram at Right Guard. Jaryd Jones-Smith has been a big contributor off the bench. Overall, everything has been good and it should continue, but Rowell's injury certainly raises some concern about the depth.
DE - 1. Shakir Soto, David Durham. 2. Rori Blair, Luke Maclean
Rori Blair has a big time sack in the game against Boston College, and the Pitt ends have a total of two sacks through two games. Shakir Soto has been relatively quiet, while David Durham has been fairly active in good and bad ways. Durham is currently fifth on the team in tackles, and has been hit with some penalties as well. Maclean has not seen much action.
DT - 1. Darryl Render 2. Justin Moody
Darryl Render played well last week, and made some big plays. He has done a nice job in trying to replace Aaron Donald. Justin Moody saw some playing time last week also.
NT - 1. Khaynin Mosley-Smith 2. Tyrique Jaerrett
I thought both players played better last week, and they are doing their job of taking on blockers and freeing up room for others. Both came up with a few tackles as well.
FREEZE - 1. Nicholas Grigsby
Grigsby has been playing very well this season, and he is an important part of this team. He played well on Friday, and has the potential to have a big game this week.
SAM LB - 1. Anthony Gonzalez 2. Bam Bradley
I pointed out this week that these guys need to be aware of FIU tight end, Jonnu Smith. Gonzalez's pass coverage has really improved over time, and Bradley is growing into a good pass rusher. Bradley came up with a big sack early in the game to thwart a Boston College drive.
MLB - 1. Matt Galambos 2. Mike Caprara
I pointed out last week that Galambos needed to have a big game to slow down the Boston College rushing attack, and well the Eagles were held in check for the most part. Galambos is growing everyday as a sophomore middle linebacker, and he has a real chance to be a good player.
WILL LB - 1. Todd Thomas 2. Quintin Wirginis
Todd Thomas has played like a senior linebacker so far this season, and they need him to continue to do that. He is one of Pitt's most important defensive players, and if he were to go down, it would leave Pitt with a true freshman at this spot.
CB - 1. Lafayette Pitts, Reggie Mitchell 2. Avonte Maddox, Ryan Lewis
Pitts did not look so great in week two, but it was not as bad as some made it out to be. He was caught chasing on Boston College's deep pass play, but there should have been Safety help over top, but it made him look bad overall. Pitts still needs to step it up either way. Mitchell has been solid, and has done very well in run support, probably due to his history as a safety.
SS - 1. Terrish Webb 2. Jevonte Pitts
I think Terrish Webb is on his way to a big career, and he looks more than just a kid Pitt had to add to lure Tyler Boyd here. Webb can play, and he has two interceptions already on this young season.
FS - 1. Ray Vinopal 2. Pat Amara
Vinopal has been solid, and came up with his first interception of the season against Boston College. Vinopal has taken on a leadership role for sure, and he is playing with more confidence than he ever has.
K - Chris Blewitt P - Ryan Winslow LS - David Murphy
Chris Blewitt was the ACC specalist of the week as he was 3/3 from field goals. Winslow punted well also, and pinned BC deep early in the game on an important kick.
PR - 1. Tyler Boyd 2. Kevin Weatherspoon KR - 1. Boyd 2. Ronald Jones 3. Avonte Maddox
Pitt has not seen many kick returns this season. Boyd remains the top option at punt returner.