August 31, 2006
Freshman camp review - offense
For the past year and a half, Pantherlair readers have followed the Pitt coaches' pursuit of players in the recruiting class of 2006. Over the past month, the Pantherlair has provided comprehensive coverage of Pitt's training camp, but here the focus is bit more precise: namely, the players in that recruiting class. Today's feature reviews the offensive players.
There are 11 players in all, including two junior college transfers, who are featured here as well.
Byham came to Pitt as one of the nation's top tight end prospects and so far he has lived up to expectations. A threat in the passing game who has grasped the Panthers' offense rapidly, Byham will see playing time throughout the season and will probably make more than a few plays this year. Down the road, Byham figures to be a main focus of the Pitt offense.
As one of the most prolific backs in New York state history, Collier was likely to arrive at Pitt and compete for a spot on the depth chart and perhaps playing time. With the transfer of Brandon Mason, though, Collier's opportunities on the field increased greatly, and he's now a co-backup for the season opener. Collier still has room to improve in certain fundamental areas, but his speed and shiftiness could get him some touches on kick return in addition to tailback.
Originally a defensive line target who committed very early in the process, Corson, a product of Johnstown, was switched over to the offensive line by Letter of Intent day. When he got to Pitt, Corson found himself playing center for the first time in his football career, and the transition hasn't always been smooth, with a number of miscues through the learning process. After a redshirt year, though, Corson should be better prepared to serve as the backup center.
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