Manasseh Garner Could Be Huge Difference Maker For Pitt
Posted July 28, 2013 3:09 pm
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After having to sit out a year due to a transfer for personal reasons, TE/H-Back Manasseh Garner is one of many University of Pittsburgh players that’s licking their chops for opening day.
Garner, who played as a freshman for Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin offense has all the tools necessary to be one of the ACC’s top tight ends. Garner showed his potential in the spring game this year and Pitt offensive coordinator, Joe Rudolph says he has lots in store for the playmaker.
Manasseh has beefed up to around 235, in order to contribute as a blocker, and compares to players like Dustin Keller and Jermichael Finley. With under 4.6 speed and the elusiveness of a tailback, Garner looks to be an upgrade to the passing game that lost Cameron Saddler and Mike Shanahan.
If the Brashear graduate can live up to expectations, the Panthers offense may be more explosive than experts think. With proven playmakers Devin Street and late bloomer Ed Tinker in the fold, along with the addition of “Mr. Football” Tyler Boyd, the Pitt offense has the playmakers necessary to make a run in the conference.
Tom Savage and Chad Voytik head into camp with Savage being the leader, but with Voytik’s ability to make plays outside the pocket, he’ll keep Savage on his toes. The Pitt program has been extremely volatile over the past few seasons, but Chryst and his staff have added some normalcy to the program.
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