August 29, 2007

No worries for Stull

It really must be something for Bill Stull.

Never mind that the Pitt junior threw for 5,572 yards and 62 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter at Seton-LaSalle. Or that he led the Rebels to a WPIAL Class AA championship and the state quarterfinals as a senior. And never mind that, in his senior season, Stull became the first player in WPIAL history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. Or that his senior season total of 3,310 yards was the second highest in Pennsylvania history.

Never mind any of that, because since then Stull has played in just six games at Pitt, all in mop-up duty behind three-year starter Tyler Palko.

Now Palko is gone to the NFL, Pitt is preparing for its 2007 season opener on Saturday against Eastern Michigan, and Stull is slated to be the Panthers' starting quarterback.

But even though he's less than a week away from his debut as a Division I starter, Stull says the pressure hasn't really hit him.

"That stuff hasn't really come yet, but I'm sure it will. You just have to step back and say, 'calm down, you're fine,' and just let things take care of themselves.

"It hasn't hit me yet. I just have to stay within myself and not try to do anything outside of it."

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