Pittman’s consistency stands out at midpoint of FSU’s spring

One of the most consistent players at Florida State’s spring practices is at a position group that struggled with consistency in 2021. There’s a reason why Mike Norvell and the coaching staff brought in Mycah Pittman, and he has set the bar high for himself as well as the Seminoles’ receivers.

Pittman’s mindset is driven in part by a family that has played the game at a high level: His father, Michael Pittman, spent 11 years in the NFL (winning a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2002) and his brother, Michael Jr., is a wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts. But he sets the expectation that he will grab every ball thrown his way, including the contested throws and 50-50 jump balls.

“It’s a 100-0 ball for me,” Pittman said. “I’m not letting that DB pick it and the person that’s going to come down with it is me. That’s my mentality. Guys maybe look at me as a 5-11, 200-pound guy who can’t go up and get it. I laugh at it because it’s kind of funny to me because I’m going to go get it. I wouldn’t say it’s cocky. It’s just my confidence in what I can do and my ability.”

Pittman has impressed practice after practice this spring, laying out for balls (and often coming down for them). He’s hauled in tough catches in red-zone drills, and Pittman said he caught a touchdown pass from Jordan Travis in Saturday’s scrimmage.

At Oregon, Pittman had 38 receptions for 547 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons. His adjustment to FSU so far appears to be a smooth one, although it’s also a result of his hard work with quarterbacks and coaches.

“I think like a veteran,” Pittman said. “I want to be a guy that they can move around and feel comfortable moving around. So yeah I feel like the acclimation has been pretty easy for me. And being able to learn the plays and show that I can be versatile inside and outside.”

After Tuesday’s practice, Pittman discusses how he learned to catch punts, his philosophy on catching passes and the influence his dad and brother had on shaping his career and work ethic.