October 19, 2006

Pitt notes: Still looking for big returns

The Pitt football team sees its name near the top of a number of national statistical rankings, but one surprising area of success has been the Panthers' kickoff return game. As a team, Pitt ranks fourth nationally, averaging 30.31 yards per return, and Lowell Robinson, fresh off a 97-yard return against Central Florida that registered that game's first touchdown, ranks fourth himself with an average of 34.44 yards per return.

Unfortunately for Pitt, though, the other half of their return game is still struggling, as Darrelle Revis has yet to make a punt return of any significance. So far, Revis' longest return is for 18 yards and, to a certain extent, his primary responsibility appears to be fair-catching punts, as he's only registered 17 returns on 40 total opponents' punts.

"I'm kind of looking at punt returns like I was looking at the running game the first three or four weeks of the season," head coach Dave Wannstedt said Wednesday. "We've got the right people doing it, we've got talented guys doing it, we're going to keep working our tails off on it, and it will happen."

With the success Robinson has had on kickoff returns, there has been occasional clamoring for him to take over the punts, but Wannstedt is confident in his current returner.

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