College football: Wilson’s accuracy concerns unbeaten Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH ó Pitt is 3-0 for the first time since 2000, but the start hasn’t been good enough to get the Panthers into the Top 25.
Their fourth game, at N.C. State (2-1) on Saturday, should provide a better idea of where they belong ó or whether they belong ó in the rankings.
Russell Wilson has thrown 326 consecutive passes without being intercepted, an NCAA record he broke against Gardner-Webb. His accuracy is a worry to Pitt, which gave up 433 yards passing to Buffalo on Sept. 12 yet won 54-27.
Wilson reminds Pitt defensive lineman Gus Mustakas of former West Virginia quarterback Pat White.
“It’s going to be a real challenge for us,” Mustakas said. “He’s probably as good an athlete as Pat White, but he probably can throw the ball better than him. I watched film on them for a couple of hours, and he’s out there tossing the ball down the field.”
Wilson throws the ball, according to Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, “as quickly as any quarterback that we have played against in the past couple of years.”
WINSTON-SALEM ó Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe isn’t sure if tailback Kevin Harris will be ready to play at Boston College.
The redshirt senior has started the first three games for the Demon Deacons (2-1), but he injured his groin during last weekend’s win against Elon.
Harris has rushed for 85 yards on 17 carries while splitting time with Josh Adams and Brandon Pendergrass. He missed Monday night’s workout.
Tight end Ben Wooster is suffering from a bulging disc in his back and figures to be out two weeks before being re-evaluated.
BLACKSBURG, Va. ó Virginia Tech expects to have cornerback Stephan Virgil in the lineup against Miami after he missed two games with a bruised left knee.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Florida kept six more players out of practice Tuesday because of flulike symptoms.
Gators coach Urban Meyer said starting linebacker A.J. Jones was among those feeling ill. No player has had a confirmed case of swine flu, but Meyer has expressed concern that the virus could ravage the defending national champions.
Also Tuesday, linebacker Brandon Spikes (Achilles’ tendon) did not practice.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ó Notre Dame could face Purdue with quarterback Jimmy Clausen and leading rusher Armando Allen Jr. both hobbled.
Clausen did not practice Tuesday because of turf toe on his right foot. Allen did not take part in practice because of a sprained right ankle.