Graham says "Tino is our starter"
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Pitt coach Todd Graham quickly ended any speculation about what some would call a "contrived" quarterback controversy Saturday after the Panthers sloppy 35-29 win over Maine at Heinz Field.
That speculation was fueled during the game when Tino Sunseri, who struggled through nearly three quarters, was replaced by back-up quarterback Trey Anderson the next series after Sunseri threw his second interception of the game.
Graham said the change was made, not because Sunseri was ineffective, but because he wanted to get Anderson some work in this game in case he's needed down the road.
"In all honesty the last interception that Tino threw was on us [the coaching staff]," Graham said. "We planned on putting Trey in anyway, it wasn't that I pulled Tino, it was a planned deal, we were going to play [Anderson] anyway. I still have 100 percent belief in Tino and like I told you at the beginning of the year, he has a very difficult job, he has a lot on his plate and we've got to execute better at that position.
"But Tino is our quarterback and will be next week and we will move forward from there. I didn't want to come out of this week, playing against an opponent we should totally dominate, and not get another quarterback any reps."
Sunseri was 21-of-35 for 224 yards and he threw two interceptions, but he was also sacked seven times, which obviously contributed to some of the Panthers issues in the passing game. Anderson was 5-of-7 for 33 yards and led the Panthers on their final touchdown drive.
Pitt (2-0) plays Iowa (1-1) next Saturday in Iowa City and that will serve as the Panthers first real test of the season.
First Published September 10, 2011 5:41 pm