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Stewart impressed with Pitt’s Baldwin

November 18, 2009
By JOHN WICKLINE, Staff Writer

MORGANTOWN - Dave Wannstedt can't wait to see Jonathan Baldwin in a year or two. Bill Stewart, however, can.

Pittsburgh's sophomore wide receiver earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after he pulled in five catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in a win over Notre Dame. The Mountaineers, 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big East, have two weeks to figure out how to contain the speedy pass receiver, all while trying to find a way to stop the conference's best running attack.

"Two years isn't enough (time)," Stewart said. "The Baldwin youngster is special. We had a young guy like that a few years back named Chris Henry. He plays on Sundays now. That's who Baldwin reminds me of our Chris Henry.

"He looks like Chris Henry, Reggie Rembert, Dave Saunderws, those guys who can go down the field, jump and make plays. Billy Stull is doing a great job of getting that ball to him, and it'll be tough on our secondary."

"First, we have to stop the running game, then we'll worry about him," he continued. "It's a double-edged sword."

Wannstedt said Baldwin has become better as time goes by.

"Jonathan is becoming a more complete player," the Panthers coach said, noting that Baldwin had the big block award in an earlier game. "Last year, it was a situation where, basically, we would just throw him the ball deep. I can't wait to see him in a year or two from now."

Pitt, 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big East, renews its Backyard Brawl rivalry for the 102st time Nov. 27 at Mountaineer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Both teams have an open weekend prior to the game.

"I can relate back to when I was a player, and nothing's changed," Wannstedt said. "You can throw the records out the window because for 60 minutes, it's going to be a dog fight."

Both teams will be using this time to heal up injuries and enjoy some time away from the game.

"We'll get a chance to spend a lot of family time here and get ready for one of the greatest days of the year, Thanksgiving, and most certainly what we think is an even better day, the annual Backyard Brawl," Stewart said. "It's a very intense rivalry, and it's going to be one the fans enjoy and one the players and coaches enjoy."



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