As a coach you think you know, but then didn’t Rich Rodriguez think Pitt would be easy pickings two years ago?
Stewart offered some news during the course of the day.
Jock Sanders’ summer-long suspension is over. He will start at the slot.
“He’s done everything that’s been asked of him,” the coach said.
Sidney Glover, who has battled injuries all camp, will not start at safety, putting that job into the hands of senior Nate Sowers.
“He has not played enough football to start,” Stewart said of Glover, who came into camp figuring to be the starter.
Perhaps the offensive line has Stewart the most anxious, but there’s nothing he can do about it now.
“I’m excited about the offensive line,” Stewart said. “There’s no waiver wire. They’re our guys and I love them.”
And then there’s the matter of how well he patched up the kickoff unit that gave opponents many happy returns ... too many. He spent a lot of time visiting pro camps to check on their schemes. He has altered personnel. Even as late as Tuesday afternoon he had them going in full contact to put the finishing touches on.
“I want to see it today so Saturday it won’t be a thrill a minute,” Stewart said.
Like any coach, Stewart is getting antsy.
“I wish it was Friday,” he said. But then, after thinking about it for a while, he added, “but when Friday gets here I’ll wish it was Tuesday.”
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Right now about the only player who figures to miss Saturday’s game is special teams player Trippe Hale.
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