COLLEGE FOOTBALL: #45 PITT
June 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
First-year coach Paul Chryst has implemented the Keep It Simple approach with his offense. And who can blame him? He is the fourth Panthers coach in the past three seasons. His traditional pro style is a departure from predecessor Todd Graham’s no-huddle, spread-and-go scheme, which was ineffective during his one-and-done 6–7 campaign. Chryst earned a reputation as an innovator as the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin the previous six seasons, fielding a unit that averaged 44.1 points and 470 yards per game last season.
The challenge for Chryst is finding consistency at quarterback. Returning starter Tino Sunseri struggled last year, managing only 10 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, while being sacked an FBS-high 60 times. It was believed that Sunseri’s job was up for grabs in the spring, but backup Mark Myers, highly regarded as a prep, never emerged. Freshman Chad Voytik, a U.S. Army All-American, could give Chryst options this fall.