01/05/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tino Sunseri stretched his nation's leading string of passes without an interception to 270 after completing 19-of-25 for 211 yards and one touchdown against South Florida. The fifth-year senior has not thrown an interception since Sept. 15 against Virginia Tech, a string of nine-plus games. Sunseri has thrown 14 touchdown passes since his interception against the Hokies. It is such ball security that likely will be key against an Ole Miss defense that has intercepted 14 passes. The Rebels, however, are 83rd in pass efficiency defense and have allowed 20 touchdowns through the air. - The Sports Xchange
12/04/2012 - 12/4/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 5. Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh...After throwing for more interceptions than touchdowns as a junior, Sunseri wasn't even guaranteed to be the starting quarterback entering the 2012 season, especially with a new coaching staff in place. But the fifth-year senior eliminated the mental errors and improved his consistency this year, recording a 19-to-2 TD-INT ratio for the Panthers.
Sunseri threw his last interception on September 15, finishing the regular season with 250-plus consecutive pass attempts without a pick-off. He also finished with a career-high 3,103 passing yards and 66.5 percent completions, ranking among the conference leaders in most categories.
Sunseri has showed improved confidence as a senior to take high-percentage chances downfield, but also take care of the ball, moving around in the pocket to extend plays with his legs. He came into the season viewed as an undrafted free agent, but after the strides he made as a senior, Sunseri could convince a team he's draftable in the later rounds with strong pre-draft workouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tino Sunseri, Sr., QB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.,...Sunseri was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he completed 21 of 39 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns to help Pittsburgh to a 27-6 win against No. 21/19 Rutgers, keeping the Panthers alive for bowl eligibility. Facing a defense that led the BIG EAST with 15 interceptions, Sunseri extended his streak to 245 consecutive passes without an INT -a streak that began Sept 22 and has spanned eight games. - BIG EAST football
11/26/2012 - Quarterback Tino Sunseri was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and third of his career after throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns against Rutgers. Sunseri has made 37 consecutive starts, the longest streak at Pitt since Alex Van Pelt set a school record with 46 from 1989-1992.
Sunseri also holds the longest active streak in the nation of consecutive throws without an interception (245). He hasn't thrown one since the fourth quarter of the Virginia Tech game Sept. 15. "He understands the importance of taking care of the football," coach Paul Chryst said. "That comes with experience. It comes from being burned on it. He has grown up with it." Sunseri ranks second in the Big East and 20th nationally in pass efficiency with a rating of 154.56. - Jerry DiPaola, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11/09/2012 - As much as the loss to Notre Dame hurt and with the bad taste likely to linger for a while, the Panthers somehow need to make sure the triple-overtime defeat is in the rearview mirror. That's because they have three games remaining -- all Big East tilts -- and need to win two of them to become bowl eligible. The first of the trio of conference clashes is Friday night in Hartford against a Connecticut squad starved for its first conference victory. "I think in this case a shorter week, one day shorter week, is maybe a good thing," said coach Paul Chryst at his Monday press conference. "I think we all are looking forward to getting back and going. We need to turn the page and we already have." Chryst better make sure his quarterback has turned the page. In Saturday's postgame media session, Tino Sunseri pointed a finger at Kevin Harper's missed 33-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime as the reason why Pitt lost to the Irish. Any lingering effects or potential ill will within the ranks, especially if it centers around a fifth-year senior quarterback, could sabotage any chance the Panthers (4-5/1-3 Big East) have of becoming bowl eligible. "I don't agree with it," said Chryst of Sunseri's comments. "We have to make sure everyone is squared away there. A lot of guys made plays to put us in position to win that game and we all did some things that led to us not winning. It doesn't fall on one guy." The Panthers cannot let the season fall on one tough loss. While the Huskies (3-6, 0-4 Big East) are winless in conference play, Rentschler Field is a tough venue to play especially on what will be a chilly Friday night. - The Sports Xchange
11/09/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tino Sunseri -- With respect to Harper's miss, the fifth-year senior failed as a team leader in the aftermath of last week's loss. He needs to screw his head on and place all his energy on what remains of the season. Fast. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/2012 - QB Tino Sunseri ranks in the top 20 nationally in pass efficiency and has eight touchdown passes on the season. Last year, Sunseri threw 10 scoring passes. "A lot of times, when you're the quarterback, you get too much credit when it's good and too much blame when it's bad," said QB coach Brooks Bollinger. "I think he's gone out and he's done his job and he's done it consistently when we've moved the ball well, and that's what he needs to continue to do." - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2012 - Tino Sunseri passed for 344 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pittsburgh past overmatched Gardner-Webb 55-10 on Saturday. Mike Shanahan caught five passes for a career-high 144 yards and two scores for the Panthers (2-2), who shook off a slow start to crush the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-4). Pitt coach Paul Chryst said he wasn't concerned about a letdown after the Panthers upset Virginia Tech a week ago. The Panthers let Gardner-Webb -- a Football Championship Subdivision school -- hang around for a quarter before pulling away behind Sunseri. Kamar Morrison returned a Ray Graham fumble 65 yards for a Gardner-Webb touchdown late in the first half. It was one of the few bright spots for the Runnin' Bulldogs, who were outgained 626-127. - AP Sports
09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he keyed a Pittsburgh offense that reeled off 537 yards on its way to a 35-17 win against No. 13 Virginia Tech, giving the Panthers their first win of the season. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, including two second-half TDs that answered Virginia Tech scores. He helped clinch the win in the fourth quarter, when he engineered a 15-play, 88-yard scoring drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock. - BIG EAST football
09/11/2012 - BIG EAST: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh: The senior wasn't much of a prospect prior to the season, but he had hoped to make an impression on scouts with dynamic athletes all around him. Despite having running back Ray Graham and wide receivers Devin Street and Mike Shanahan, Sunseri has failed to produce. Though his numbers are OK -- 517 yards, two scores -- Sunseri has made some mental errors in Pitt's horrendous 0-2 start. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
09/06/2012 - QB Tino Sunseri needs to settle down after missing several open receivers. Chryst largely praised his QB's composure and mindset after completing 19-of-30 for 239 yards and one TD with no picks. While that line looks good, opportunities went by the board. "I could have done more," said the fifth-year senior. "That's how we take it in our quarterback room. You have to see what you could do differently, and we'll go back and watch the tape and learn from it really quick and we have a quick transition week." - The Sports Xchange
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