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got a good offensive line, they've got good skillguys out wide. So it's just a matter of them reallygetting this thing in sync, but they've been doingpretty well.
Q. Last year with guys like TerrellePryor, Dan Persa, and this year it's Jantz, eventhe Tech quarterback gave you some problems.What is it about these mobile quarterbacks,this option type stuff?
COACH FERENTZ: You know, takeTerrelle Pryor out of that equation because therearen't that many guys walking around with his --my sister could point that out. But it's true really atany level. If a quarterback -- I remember BillyDaniels, who coincidentally played at Pitt when Iwas in high school, the guy could run around andthrow the football. He was a dangerous guy.That's a tough guy to defend. Brad Banks had thatsame combination. They're rare, and when youhave guys that are doing a good job, it just makesit that much more pressure of a situation for adefensive football team.
Q. What's Micah's position? Is he stillin flux between safety and corner?
COACH FERENTZ: Last time I looked hewas still playing safety, so that's where he finishedup, yep.
Q. Christian Kirksey is very productivefor you. What is it that he brings?
COACH FERENTZ: Well, he's a goodyoung player. He's got pretty good skills. He's notthe biggest guy right now, but he's young,second-year player on campus. Just to give you acomparison, when Greenway and Hodge werehere, they both red shirted that first year, and whenthey were at this point, they were both playingspecial teams, and then in year three they wereboth playing. I'm not comparing him to those guysother than just the physical development, mentaldevelopment. But Christian, he's got goodinstincts, he's really showing that. He's done a lotof good things for us, and we're asking him to do alot. His numbers were really good the other day,but like everybody on our team, not just offensivelyor defensively but everybody on our team rightnow, he's got a lot of things he still has to get a lotbetter at and see quicker, and there's some thingsthat -- everybody was guilty of giving up somethings and coaching-wise, too, so we all have ahand in it. He's like everybody else; he's going tohave to keep getting better. But he's got a greatattitude. He's going to be a really good footballplayer for us.
Q. Is he maybe a little faster than thelinebackers you've had the last few years?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, he only weighswhatever he weighs. I mean, when we recruitedhim, I'm not even sure he was 200 pounds. Hecan run pretty well, yeah. To answer the question,he runs pretty well.
Q. You've commented the last fewweeks on some poor tackling. How do youguys address that this week?
COACH FERENTZ: Just keep working atit. It's like blocking, catching, anything you do infootball. We keep working at it. You only have alimited amount of guys out there, so we'll try to besmart about it, but we have to keep working at it.
Q. How much do you guys do thatduring the week?
COACH FERENTZ: Well, we docontrolled drills where we tackle, and it's probablythe best way we can simulate the actual tackling.It's just how you do it, I guess.
Q. What are the biggest things youtook away from your year with Jackie Sherrill atPitt?
COACH FERENTZ: Interesting becausewe saw Coach Sherrill on Friday. It was goodseeing him. Yeah, that was my first exposure toDivision I football, so it was -- I had been atWorcester Academy two years, I had played atConnecticut, which at that time was more like aDivision II program quite frankly, so I had seenteams like that on television, but I had never beenup close to them first-hand.We had amazing talent. It was a magicalrun that Pitt had, I think, where they were 33 and 3,and I was right in the middle of that stretch, soCoach Sherrill really -- and they had come off aNational Championship in '76. So we had greatplayers. I think we had the year I was there,second in the country, we had 11 guys drafted, Ibelieve, six free agents, three first-rounders.That's not including Marino, Covert that werefirst-rounders that were sophomores. So we reallyhad good talent. Bill Moss was the scout teamdefensive lineman, so one thing I saw was, boy, it'sa good idea to recruit well. That was good.