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Harris still undecided on QB

| Monday, August 16, 2004 12:00 a.m

Pitt training camp reached its fourth day Sunday, and coach Walt Harris kept from tipping his hand on the quarterback derby.

Neither Tyler Palko nor Luke Getsy has separated himself enough to be declared the Panthers’ starting quarterback, though Palko appears to be gaining control of the team and has thrown well.

Both quarterbacks had their moments yesterday. Getsy threw a laser of a pass through two defenders and found Steve Buches on a slant pattern, and later sailed a deep ball into the arms of wideout Greg Lee, who pulled it in 25 yards downfield.

Palko threw well most of the afternoon and found Lee in the end zone for a score in a 7-on-7 drill. The redshirt sophomore also continues to find his secondary and third receivers.

“The more they practice, the more they have an opportunity to get better, and the more I get an opportunity to evaluate their consistency,” Harris said. “It’s interesting because we have a lot of young receivers and those guys want to play with the guys that know what to do. There is so much comfort for them to be under the center when they are with guys who know what to do. They can better relate than before. I don’t think before they could relate with it.”

Harris said he is not only evaluating the quarterbacks’ physical skills, but how they work with their teammates. He wants his signal-caller to be in control.

“I think I mentioned at the press conference that they are both good leaders, but I think they both had their hands tied behind their backs because they are not the starter,” he said. “We’ll improve our leadership once the starter has been named. They are both trying. (On Saturday) they were a little too concerned with everyone else and started making some mistakes themselves, but today they were much, much improved.”

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