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August 9, 2012

Pitt receiver: ‘Football is back to being fun’

PITTSBURGH — Well into the first week of training camp under a new coach, Pitt wide receiver Devin Street likes what he sees.

Street, a junior who will be counted on heavily this season as the Panthers develop a chemistry under coach Paul Chryst, had

53 catches for 754 yards and two touchdowns last season. But he wants more this season, as Pitt closes out its run in the Big East.

“Football is back to being fun now. These guys make it fun, but at the same time we know what the goal is and know what we have to do,” Street said. “We’re all here because we love the game. They understand that and their job is to teach us and that’s what they are doing.”

Chryst, who replaced Todd Graham as Pitt’s coach, opened camp on Monday and has drawn rave reviews from the players. And anyone who has been around the game knows that’s a rare feeling in the first week of any training camp.

“He’s so personable. I can talk to him about anything. He has a great mind. He’s a genius,” Street said. “He knows everything. I try to soak it all up. Whether it’s on the football field or in life, he’s full of wisdom. He talks about everything, about being responsible, about being a complete man and doing everything right.”

Street also has a new positional coach. Bobby Engram played in the NFL with Seattle, Kansas City and Cleveland after a career at Penn State, and is a bit of a historian. In fact, Engram is making his receivers study the history of the position at Pitt. Of course that’s a tradition that includes two Biletnikoff Award winners: Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant.

The Panthers open the season Sept. 1 against Youngstown State at home.


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