As the first week of training camp comes to a close, Pitt’s football team is still working on sorting out its offensive line. Head coach Pat Narduzzi talked a little about it on Thursday.
In different spots there is better competition than others, but we’re going to continue to tinker—offensive line especially. Jaryd Jones-Smith looked really good yesterday. It’s kind of like—wow—where’s he going to be? We’re going to continue to find those spots on the offensive line and see who’s where.
The news about Jaryd Jones-Smith is both good to hear and not really all that surprising. He was a potential starter at right tackle heading into last year before a knee injury in training camp forced him to miss the entire season. It’s not at all surprising that he’s impressing and it’s great to hear that he sounds ready to go.
Narduzzi’s last point about where he’s going to play seems to hint that the team could put him at guard just to get him into the lineup.
I mentioned this in the comments section of an article here but I’m all in favor of playing him wherever. Getting the best five linemen out there is important and it sounds like Jones-Smith is giving himself a chance to start.
Per Jerry DiPaola at the Trib, the offensive line in camp started out (left to right) as: Adam Bisnowaty, Dorian Johnson, Alex Bookser, John Guy, and Brian O’Neill. But with Alex Officer and Jones-Smith back, one or both of those two guys could easily get