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Home run summer: Pitt

I continue my series called home run summer, where I present a player or players who have got to knock it out of the park with their preparations for the start of training camp in August.

Up today: Pitt.

Who needs to step it up? Offensive line.

I am not going to touch on quarterback, where Tino Sunseri has taken his fair share of criticism over the past three years. Yes, he has definitely got to step it up, particularly because he only had a basic understanding of the offense once spring ended. Instead, I am going with the second-most obvious position on this team: offensive line. You guys already know how much this group struggled last season, but a new coach and new scheme has brought good news.

"If you said one group that improved the most, it would have been them this spring," coach Paul Chryst said. "I think they’re all taking to it. I don’t know if we know, nor does it matter, how fast they would take to it or what that timeline was. My one daughter read earlier than my other daughter. Both are reading now. So you just go. I don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out this is where we should be. You just have to look at where we are now and how we can help them."

Center Ryan Turnley should be better after a decent 2011 season. Chris Jacobson should be ready to roll once fall practice begins after injuring his knee last year. He will bring a major stabilizing presence to the line. They, along with Cory King, Juantez Hollins, Matt Rotheram and every other offensive lineman has got to work their tails off this summer to show just how far they have come.