Bostick, dealing with personal issue, says he'll be back

Updated: August 9, 2007, 12:43 PM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Pat Bostick, who left the University of Pittsburgh football team earlier this week to deal with a personal issue at home, has told the school's coaching staff that he will return to camp as early as this weekend.

Bostick, a blue chip recruit, was expected to compete for the starting position as a true freshman when camp began. He will now likely be a backup to Bill Stull.

"Once Pat comes back we'll allow him to get his feet on the ground and get comfortable before anything else," Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt said Thursday after practice. "The focus won't be on the field first. It will be taking care of Pat off the field first."

Stull, who was a back-up for starter Tyler Palko the past two years, is the likely starter for Pittsburgh's opener on Sept. 1 against Eastern Michigan.

ESPN's Joe Schad contributed to this report.

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