As the Pitt Panthers attempt to defend their back to back Big East Championships, they also look to replace Quarterback Mark Myers, who passed for over 4,000 yards last year eclipsing Pitt's single season passing record. The majority of the other starters remain. Pitt's talent is not on the same level as other National Championship contenders. Pitt won't even be the most talented team in the Big East, however Coach BigKing appears to be building something special here in Pittsburgh. QB- Fifth year senior Seth Tate will take over under center. Tate is going to be the key to Pitt's season. That's a lot of pressure to put on someone who is yet to throw a collegiate pass. Backing up Tate will be sophomore Michael Bush who likely will be a candidate for starter next year. HB- Fifth year senior Marcus Davenport will take most of the carries for Pitt this year. Davenport doubled his yard to over 800 last year and will look to eclipse the 1000 yard mark this year. Senior Brandon Williams looks to be the keyback up at HB. FB/TE- Two positions that don't have much focus in Coach BigKing's offense. WR- A veteran group of receives look to be help out Tate at QB. Let by a trio of Seniors Brian Mason, Travis Carpenter, and Eric Archer; this group had over 3000 yard receiving last year. This is by far Pitt's deepest position of the depth chart with many underclassman looking to contribute. Offensive Line- Pitt's offensive line is very average. There isn't much of a talent drop off between the starters and the younger backups, which should bode well for Pitt's future. Defensive Line- Pitt switching to a 3-4 defense this year, could hurt the effectiveness of Senior All-American DE Michael Walker. Walker led the Panthers last year with 10 Sacks and 21 tackles for loss. At the other end red shirt Freshman Blake Jenkins fills the 3-4 DE role to perfection. At nose guard Sr. James Joseph looks to anchor the line. This group is talented, but it will be interesting how quickly the group can adjust to the new defensive scheme. Linebacker- A solid group of Linebackers is most likely what caused the switch to the 3-4. In the middle, Seniors Rhema Gibson and Aaron Willis will be counted on to make a lot of tackles. On the outside Jacob Booth and Steven Miller will need to be the playmakers. Secondary, Pitt lost both starting corners to graduation last year and it appears this will be an area of concern for the defense this year. Juniors Justin Ortiz and Mike Williams look to get the starting nod. Nathan Dorey and Troy Lloyd will man the safety positions. Lloyd who led the team in tackles last year will be counted on to quarterback this young defense. Special Teams- Both Pitt's kicker and punter a veteran seniors. And the group of veteran receivers look to provide a boost to the return game. The Panther's Goals this year are to: Win the Big East TitleFinish the Season in the Top 10Play in a major bowl Prediction 10-3 and their third straight Big East Championship The three keys to this season are the performance of first year starter Seth Tate at QB, the play of the inexperience cornerbacks, and the timing of Coach BigKing's Mexian vacation. If all of these come together it should be another successful year.