Pittsburgh spring game review

Reviewing Saturday's spring game at Pittsburgh, in which the Blue team (starters) beat the Gold team 48-13:

Offensive MVP: Quarterback Tino Sunseri completed 35-of-55 passes for 416 yards and two scores. You can tell it's a new day for the Panthers when they throw it 81 times in a spring game. Sunseri has quieted any talk of a quarterback competition, though he did throw an interception and had a ball knocked free for a fumble recovery and defensive touchdown.

Defensive MVP: Linebacker Carl Fleming had a game-high 12 tackles with two sacks. K'Waun Williams, Jarred Holley and Marco Pecora all had interceptions as the defense forced five turnovers.

Putting the special in special teams: Defensive back Buddy Jackson returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. Lest he get too big a head, Jackson fumbled the next kickoff return on a hit by Andrew Taglianetti.

Other notes: Official attendance was just 1,507 on a cold, wet day. ... Jackson, defensive lineman Tyrone Ezell and quarterback Anthony Gonzalez were named the most improved players of the spring. ... Mike Shanahan had seven catches for 158 yards and a 50-yard score. ... Backup quarterback Mark Myers did not play because of a thumb injury. ... Desmond Brown led the rushing attack with 64 yards and two touchdowns. Starter Ray Graham carried only five times. ... New center Chris Jacobson looked solid with his shotgun snaps.