September 26, 2007

Panthers look to Bostick to cure QB ills

For Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, the source of the problems with the Panthers' offense is fairly simple to identify.

"The quarterback is my concern," Cavanaugh said Tuesday. "In my opinion, we have not been very successful offensively because the quarterback play has been poor. That's got to be changed."

To affect change, Cavanaugh is focusing on what he can do to help the quarterback succeed.

"We've got to gameplan the right way and we can't put the quarterback in a position where he feels like he's got to go win the game for us. He's got to understand ball control, protecting the ball, and getting it to the people who will make plays for him."

Essentially, that's the same plan Cavanaugh detailed as the Panthers went through training camp in August. The main difference is the players he is working with: in August it was junior Bill Stull; now it's freshman Pat Bostick.

The change in personnel came about due to a series of circumstances that can be best termed as "unfortunate:"

In the season-opener against Eastern Michigan, Stull suffered ligament damage to the thumb on his right throwing hand.

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