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Tino Sunseri | Quarterback

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200

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The No. 1 quarterback job at Pitt belongs to Tino Sunseri, though coach Paul Chryst needs to see more.
It was a rough 2011 season for Sunseri as he attempted to adjust to Todd Graham’s offense. Graham bolted for Arizona State after one season at Pitt and Sunseri has had to adapt to new coach Paul Chryst’s schemes, which have been to his liking as they are more geared toward the type of QB he is and what former coach Dave Wannstedt instituted. Chryst has acknowledged that Sunseri, who will be a senior, is the starter as spring camp winds down. Still, he needs to see much improvement from Sunseri and those currently behind him on the depth chart. Fri, Apr 13, 2012 05:03:00 PM

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Head coach Todd Graham's dissatisfaction with QB Tino Sunseri has reportedly ''not sit well'' with former Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt.

Graham had mentioned that, among other things, Sunseri is not as effective in running the offense as he would like. It is an entirely new system for Sunseri and the Panthers under the first-year coach. Sunseri ranks 79th in the nation in passing efficiency, and led the Panthers to a 4-3 record in the Big East, but Wannstedt says the quarterback is not alone when it comes to the team's offensive struggles.
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 03:31:00 PM

Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri went 25-for-34 for 259 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 33-20 win over Syracuse.

Sunseri had the best performance in a game where there were no gaudy statistical days. The junior had a 22-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter then relied heavily on his kicker Kevin Harper (4 FG) and DB Antwuan Reed's TD fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Sunseri now has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Panthers became bowl eligible.
Sat, Dec 3, 2011 03:25:00 PM

Tino Sunseri’s inconsistent play this season has coach Todd Graham looking at all options for 2012.

At times, especially against USF on Sept. 29 and certainly versus Connecticut on Oct. 26, Sunseri has been a decisive, confident and difference-making QB. Then there have been a few games when all of that seems to disappear. Graham’s desire is to improve the position in 2012 and the coach will have plenty of options with four scholarship quarterbacks, including star recruit Chad Voytik. Sunseri could win the job again, but there will be plenty of competition. For now, at 5-6, the Panthers need to defeat Syracuse at home Saturday to become bowl eligible. Sunseri has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 2,174 yards and 9/9.
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 11:23:00 AM

Pitt's Tino Sunseri set a Heinz Field record for college quarterbacks with 419 yards passing in a 35-20 win over UConn.

Suneri's passing yards were the most by a Panthers QB since Rod Rutherford also threw for 419 against West Virginia in 2003. Sunseri, who threw two TD passes and ran for a score, also had 40 yards rushing giving him 459 total yards on the evening. All his work came after star running back Ray Graham was lost to a knee injury on Pitt's first series. (The Panthers have been playing at Heinz Field since it opened in 2001.)
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 09:38:00 AM

Pitt coach Todd Graham said he is sticking with Tino Sunseri as his starting quarterback.

Since fall camp, it was Graham’s intention to rotate walk-on Trey Anderson in from time to time. The coach has managed to do that the past few games, but Graham is now referring to switching up his QBs as a distraction to the offense. He also acknowledged that Anderson’s understanding of the offense, given he has only been with the program since August, is not where it needs to be to run it effectively. (Which makes you wonder why the experiment lasted as long as it did.) Hence, the offense belongs to Sunseri, who has thrown 5 TD passes and 7 interceptions. Pitt hosts UConn on Oct. 26.
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 11:23:00 AM

Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham insists he's seen plenty of progress with Tino Sunseri operating the offense this season.

"There is no doubt he has gotten better every week," Graham said. "Naturally, we are not where we want to be there, or anywhere matter of fact. Sometimes we are so focused on what we have to do schematically that we forget [that] he just needs to manage the game and not turn the ball over." Progress is a relative term, as Sunseri's biggest fault is turning the ball over, where he accounted for three turnovers in Saturday's 31-27 loss to Iowa. It remains to be seen what type of production he's capable of in this system. His 60/658/3 line looks to be a regression from his 2010 averages.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 04:06:00 PM

Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri hit the 300-yard mark against Rutgers, finishing with 307 yards and three touchdowns.

It was good to see a big game out of Sunseri, who has been disappointing thus far. Keep him in mind if you're in need of a backup.
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Sun, Oct 24, 2010 10:30:00 PM

Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-24 passing as the Panthers rolled over Syracuse on Saturday.

It's good to see some production out of Sunseri, who has been having a disappointing season to date. Maybe this is the sort of game he needed to turn things around.
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Mon, Oct 18, 2010 09:30:00 AM

Tino Sunseri had an up-and-down debut against Utah on Thursday night. He struggled to move the ball most of the night before leading two fourth-quarter scoring drives to tie the game at the end of regulation. Sunseri then threw an interception on the first play of overtime to effectively seal Pitt's fate. He finished 16-of-28 for 184 yards and a touchdown.

Sunseri was a non-factor for the first three-and-a-half quarters but excelled when Pitt finally started throwing the ball downfield, hooking up with Jonathan Baldwin for a 44-yard score late in the game. Part of the blame for Sunseri's uneven performance has to go to the coaching staff for their ultra-conservative game plan. One more showing like that and the Yinzers will be calling for Dave Wannstedt's mustache on a platter.
Fri, Sep 3, 2010 09:00:00 AM