Tag:Anthony Gonzalez
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: September 14, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Despite numbers, Graham sticking with Sunseri

Posted by Chip Patterson

Pittsburgh's "high-octane" offense has not exactly put up the kinds of numbers that were expected when head coach Todd Graham arrived from Tulsa. The Panthers are clearly still getting adjusted to the fast-paced scheme, and the results in their first two games have been mixed. Moving Tino Sunseri out from under center reportedly had a positive impact on the quarterback's performance in camp.

But Sunseri has had issues in the new offense, struggling to get the ball downfield and relying on the efforts of running back Ray Graham to spark production. The sample size is small, but after facing Buffalo and Maine at home many did not expect Sunseri to put up the kind of numbers currently on his stat line.

Sunseri has completed 37-63 passes for 403 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a 111.4 quarterback rating which ranks next-to-last in the Big East. After struggling through three quarters of action against Maine, backup Trey Anderson finished out the game against the Black Bears.

Quarterback controversy?

"We planned on putting Trey in anyway, it wasn't that I pulled Tino, It was a planned deal," Graham explained after the game. "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."

In Sunseri's defense, the close final score is more of a credit to a relentless Maine team than discredit to the Panther's offense. The Black Bears score 14 points in the final four minutes, including a touchdown with just three seconds remaining to bring the final margin to six points.

Furthering Graham's confidence in Sunseri and the quarterback position was the announcement Anthony Gonzalez's move to H-back for Saturday's game at Iowa. Gonzalez pushed Sunseri for the starting quarterback role in spring practice, showing off his athleticism to the new coaching staff. The redshirt freshman was the recipient of the team's Ed Conway Award, annually presented to the most improved players of spring practice. But after an Aug. 31 arrest for possession of marijuana, Gonzalez was suspended for the first two games of the season.

With Gonzalez back in the lineup, the staff clearly wants to use the dual-threat signal caller's talents on the field - but not at the expense of Sunseri's playing time. The tight-end/running back hybrid position is currently manned by Hubie Graham and Drew Carswell. Gonzalez provides a nice change of pace to that position, and I would not be surprised to see him get some snaps against Iowa on Saturday.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Pitt QB Gonzalez suspended two games

Posted by Chip Patterson

Pittsburgh quarterback Anthony Gonzalez will be suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules, head coach Todd Graham announced on Thursday.

The suspension stems from an arrest earlier this year in Gonzalez's hometown of Bethlehem, Pa. where the redshirt freshman was charged with marijuana possession, fake identification, and underage drinking. The citation was issued May 20, and Graham put Gonzalez on indefinite suspension until making the announcement on Thursday.

"A championship program has to be built on accountability and discipline, on and off the field," Graham said. "We know Anthony will learn from this experience and be better for it moving forward."

Gonzalez redshirted the 2010 season, and impressed coaches with his work during spring drills. The 6-foot-3 dual-threat quarterback was a recipient of the Ed Conway Award, the "most improved" award for Panthers' spring practice. Incumbent starter Tino Sunseri is expected to continue his role with the first string, but Gonzalez's improvement could make him a weapon for Todd Graham in the future.  

Barring an injury to Sunseri, Gonzalez will likely only miss some clean-up opportunities as the Panthers face Buffalo and Maine at home for the first two games of the season.
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:47 am
 

Report: Pitt backup QB suspended indefinitely

Posted by Chip Patterson

Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham is excited about the possibilities for the Panthers headed into the 2011 season. Instituting a new offensive and defensive scheme can be difficult, but the former Tulsa coach was happy with what he saw out of the team this spring. One particular surprise was the improvement of backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez. Unfortunately for Gonzalez, his status on the team is now threatened from a reported marijuana-related arrest that has left him suspended indefinitely.

Late Tuesday night, the University of Pittsburgh simply announced that Gonzalez had been suspended indefinitely for team rules. But on Wednesday morning, CBS-affiliate KDKA-2 in Pittsburgh shed new light on the suspension.

Bill Kline from The Morning Call, reports that Bethlehem (PA.) police said that Gonzalez was arrested early Friday on a charge of marijuana possession in Bethlehem. Gonzalez and two other men were arrested at 12:46 a.m. Friday at E. 3rd and Hobart streets in Bethlehem, police said. All three men are 19 and from Bethlehem, police said.
Gonzalez and one of the other men are being charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. The crime does not throw up any red flags about PIttsburgh's team, but it does make for an unfortunately set of circumstances for Gonzalez. The redshirt freshman quarterback was named Pitt's most improved player at the conclusion of spring practice, and likely was the first off the bench behind incumbent starter Tino Sunseri. Now Graham will have the option to let Gonzalez earn his way back on the team, or choose to remove him permanently should he continue to repeat this kind of behavior. It's not the kind of decisions that new head coaches like to make, but you have to start sometime.
 
 
 
 
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