Opening camp: Pittsburgh


Schedule: Practice starts Saturday at 8:30 a.m. First day in full pads is Aug. 11.

What’s new: Tino Sunseri steps in under center, replacing two-year starter Bill Stull. The Panthers also break in new starters at center, right guard and cornerback.

Key battle: Center. Walk-on senior Alex Karabin handled snapping duties in the spring, but he'll have to fight to keep his first-string role this fall. Right guard is also up for grabs. Also watch the weakside linebacker duel between incumbent Greg Williams and Tristan Roberts.

New on the scene: Junior college transfer Saheed Imoru has a good chance to start at one of the cornerback spots. Redshirt freshman Devin Street ought to make an impact at receiver.

Breaking out: Middle linebacker at Pitt has been a breeding ground for stars. Dan Mason could be the next one. He's got all the skills and just needs to put it all together.

Don’t forget about: Greg Cross. Little used as a quarterback two years ago, he redshirted last season and now could contribute at receiver this fall in his last college season.

All eyes on: The interior offensive line. Pitt has as much, or more, offensive talent than anybody, but if the Panthers can't block people up the middle, it won't matter.

Quoting: "We still have some holes to fill. The challenge will be in putting a team together." -- Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt.