Pittsburgh Panthers Quarterback Battle: Tino Sunseri or Pat Bostick?

Kevin BerthaCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

MORGANTOWN, WV - DECEMBER 1: Pat Bostick #19 of the Pittsburgh Panthers passes during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium on December 1, 2007 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Pittsburgh defeated West Virginia 13-9. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It is still unknown who the Pittsburgh Panthers' starting quarterback for the 2010 season will be. With the graduation of Bill Stull, the quarterback hole needs to be filled.

The quarterback competition has two competitors: Tino Sunseri and Pat Bostick.

Redshirt sophomore Suneri, of local Central Catholic High School fame, has been competing with Bostick for over a year. Last year, there was a three-way competition between Stull, Sunseri, and Bostick for the starting quarterback job. Stull won the position, Bostick obtained the backup role, and Sunseri was a key part in holding a clipboard for the Pitt sideline last year.

Sunseri no longer wants to be known as a clipboard-holder. He wants to be known as the starting quarterback for the Panthers.

And Sunseri very well may hold that position. He is the favorite to win the starting quarterback position despite not having any previous experience playing for the Panthers. Sunseri is strong-armed, and is very mobile. In the annual Blue-Gold spring game, Sunseri completed 9 out of 17 passes for 82 yards. He also rushed for a touchdown, demonstrating his ability to escape the rush.

In his short tenure with the Panthers, Sunseri has became a fan favorite. Fans like the local kid from Central Catholic, who appears to be a well-rounded person, also. He has a nice skill set for the quarterback position, and will definitely be the Panthers' quarterback of the future.

Bostick, a redshirt junior, has been the backup to Stull for a while. He is experienced, and has won some big games. Bostick knows how to perform under pressure, and he has experience starting games, also.

In his freshman season, where he was originally slated to redshirt, Bostick became the starting quarterback, the first true freshman to start at quarterback since Darnell Dickerson.  His freshman season was okay for a true frosh. Bostick finished his 2007 campaign with 1,500 yards passing, 8 TDs, and 13 INTs.

Bostick's 2008 season showed his ability to come up big in the clutch. He only started one game, but that was enough to show how well he performed under pressure. The one game he started was against Notre Dame, and Bostick recorded one TD and 3 INTs in the start. It was a poor performance in terms of TDs and INTs, but his only TD came when it mattered the most.

Facing 4th-and-6 at the Irish 10 in a with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter, Bostick hit standout wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin on a fade route to tie the game at 24. Pitt would beat the Irish 36-33 in four OTs.

Sunseri is athletic, strong-armed, local, and the favorite to win the starting job.

Bostick is experienced, clutch, and can step in when there is an injury.

The competition is fierce, and the Panthers' brass must decide who will start soon. The decision won't come anytime soon, and predictions are swirling.

So Sunseri or Bostick?

For the time being, it appears to be Sunseri. However, Bostick's always knocking at the door.