PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pitt football head coach Paul Chryst joined Colin Dunlap, Chris Mack, and Jim Colony on "The Fan Morning Show" Tuesday morning to preview his team's 2014 season opener against Delaware.
Chryst talked with the guys about making the transition to working with a new group of leaders in his second year.
"One of the worst days as a coach is when you come back from your first winter conditioning and you got guys that aren't there anymore and you're thinking, like, this is our team?" Chryst said. "Then, you go through spring ball, and summer and fall camp, and guys kind of fit into those roles."
He told the guys that new starting quarterback Chad Voytik has been a good learner.
"The thing you appreciate with Chad is he wants to be good," Chryst said. "He's going to put the time in to learn it. So, you don't feel like you're handling him with kid gloves."
He said that one of his goals for the offense will be to replace Devin Street's role as a second option to generate production and prevent defenses from being able to shut down the offense by shutting down Tyler Boyd.
"Devin was certainly one of those players where you had to pay attention to him," Chryst said. "I think that helped Tyler, and we've got to make sure that whether it's the run game, whether it's another receiver or two receivers stepping up... if Tyler is your only answer, then it can be easier for a defense. We've got to do some things to be able to stress them."
Chryst will join "The Fan Morning Show" Thursdays at 7:20 a.m. during football season.
The interview can be heard here:
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