Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sunseri Keeps Reins as the Starting QB

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sunseri Keeps Reins as the Starting QB

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While there are plenty of starting positions still to be settled for the Pitt Panthers, quarterback isn't one of them. Incumbent starter Tino Sunseri has left little doubt in spring drills that he will be under center in the fall.

Sunseri, a senior, has been the most consistent of the four quarterback hopefuls and laid to rest any drawn-out quarterback competition before the start of the 2012 season.

Sunseri said Tuesday after the 13th practice of the spring that he was never concerned about losing his job. Instead, he was focused on learning first-year coach Paul Chryst's offense.

"I'm worried about being the best player I can possibly be," Sunseri said. "Whatever happens, happens, and I'll let the tape show for that. All I can do is get better each day and whatever coach Chryst and coach [Brooks] Bollinger decides is what goes.

"I feel like from the beginning of spring ball until now, I am a totally different player, just from the standpoint of knowing what the coaches expect out of me. I've been able to be a football junkie per se and going up and looking at the tape and understanding what I need to do."

Bollinger, the quarterbacks coach, deferred any specific depth- chart related questions to Chryst but said that he has seen enough good things from all of the quarterbacks to know that they are improving, but he is not satisfied with where they are as spring practice draws to a close with the Blue-Gold scrimmage Saturday.

"There are times when it looks good and there are some concepts that we as a coaching staff feel really good with, and then there are some others where it is clear we still need reps," Bollinger said. "It is a process, and I told them the thing I want to know is what I can expect from them every day, because as a group we have too much of these peaks and valleys going on right now.

"It has gotten better, there has been progress, absolutely, but it is hard for me to get too excited because I see how much further we have to go. …

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