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Pitt defense wins scrimmage against offense, 55-52

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Pitt held another training camp scrimmage today and, as was the case with the team's first one, it was not open to the public or media. In other words, good luck finding out significant amounts of information on it.

The scrimmage was won by the defense, 55-52, and for what it's worth, head coach Pat Narduzzi called out a few players for making nice plays, including James Conner and Jester Weah on offense. Conner got 15-20 reps as estimated by Narduzzi.

Narduzzi did mention that he should be able to name a backup quarterback soon. The kickers also reportedly made all of their kicks. Outside of that, there wasn't much in his official statement below.

"It was really competitive. It was a tale of two halves. I thought the offense did a good job moving the ball down the field. We were able to get a lot of quarterbacks work today. We wanted to come out to Heinz Field and find out who our backup QB was. I'll have to go back and watch the tape, but I think we will be able to find out what we have there. I was happy with some of the things the quarterbacks did. I think we are a step closer to finding out who that top backup is. James Conner had some good runs. We tried not to wear him out—he might have had 15 or 20 reps. Jester Weah made a really nice catch. 

"Defensively we played a much better second half than first half. They really came alive at the break. It is a game of emotions. You have to be ready to bring it, and then bring it back again. I like how we finished defensively. It came down to a two-minute situation at the end of the scrimmage. I didn't know if the defense had a chance to win it at the end, but they came back to edge the offense on the final drive of the game by three points. 

"In the kicking game, Chris Blewitt and [freshman walk-on] Alex Kessman didn't miss a field goal today. We gave them 12 opportunities before the main scrimmage started where we worked third downs and then lined up for field goals. Both of them looked good and we now have a backup to Blewitt in Kessman. The punting game really looked good. Ryan Winslow came out and smacked a couple. They were big-time punts. "We got in a lot of good work today but, as always, we will want to clean up a lot of things on both sides of the ball as well."

It would have been nice to hear if any of the starting jobs on the offensive line or in the secondary were sorted out, but as he said, the coaches had to watch the tape. On Monday, though, we might have a better idea of who is starting.

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