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Saturday, September 24, 2011
A few more pregame notes

By Matt Fortuna

PITTSBURGH -- No surprise here, but linebacker Danny Spond (hamstring) was not on the travel roster.

Prince Shembo, who missed last week because of a family emergency, was warming up with the first-team defense.

Harrison Smith and John Goodman were fielding punts as well. Something to keep an eye on is Pitt's unconventional punt formation, in which Tino Sunseri doesn't come off the field. Smith saw action returning punts throughout practice this week and should serve in that role -- as well as the last line of defense -- on Pitt fourth downs.

The bands are on the field and we're just a few moments from kick, so keep it here for more coverage throughout the day.