Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Starters Still Unclear, but Depth at Lb Abundant

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Starters Still Unclear, but Depth at Lb Abundant

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Pitt senior linebacker Matt Galambos was struck by a string of motivational words shared earlier in fall camp by offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

They were kind of existential, but they spoke to him: "Be where your feet are."

Galambos is a central figure for one of the team's more intriguing groups on defense, the linebackers. He believes the Panthers' depth at linebacker can help seize an opportunity this season, especially if players focus and prepare to be present in the moment.

"I really like that," Galambos said. "Sometimes, you're out there in practice and you're thinking about after practice, or a meeting, or whatever. You start daydreaming. But, if you're just there in that moment? I think it's huge."

The Panthers started two-a-days Monday and will have two more full weeks of fall camp before game week arrives at the end of the month.

The first scrimmage was Saturday, an 137-play game won by the eeeeeeeoffense in a two-minute drill.

Coach Pat Narduzzi offered up a quick assessment of the progress made by his linebackers.

"I think we've got good depth there," Narduzzi said. "I think that when you look at it overall, the starting group, Galambos, and Mike Caprara, [Quintin] Wirginis is doing a good job. [Saleem] Brightwell continues to just make plays. He doesn't always get lined up the way we want him do. But he's a football player.

"And, at the star position, [Oluwaseun] Idowu does a nice job. Elijah Zeise had a nice scrimmage. Bam Bradley, I mentioned, has been floating around doing a little bit of both, and he's much improved. So, we've got a lot of depth at that position."

In reality, that translates to a simple fact: There has yet to be major separation at the three linebacker positions with respect to starters and backups.

Linebackers coach Rob Hartley said the scrimmage did shed some light on the depth of his group. …

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