Medical Issue for Pitt Players

From the Post-Gazette:

Five Pitt players to miss season due to medical conditions

Pitt defensive tackle (rsJR) Justin Moody and incoming freshman defensive back (FR) George Hill will no longer play football due to a non-football-related cervical spine condition and a preexisting cardiac condition, respectively, the school announced Friday.

Additionally, tight end (SO) Chris Clark and offensive lineman (rsSO) Mike Grimm will miss this season after undergoing knee and hip surgery, respectively, while freshman defensive lineman (FR) Zack Gilbert will miss the season due to a cardiac condition.

“Each of these young men are very passionate about the game of football and our heart goes out to them,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a prepared statement. “Although they will not be able to play this fall, each of them will remain an active and important part of our family. They are, and will always be, Panthers. We are going to make sure they continue to benefit from a University of Pittsburgh education and being an important member of our football program.”

Note – Hill was a four star recruit and was looking at fighting for legit playing time in the defensive backfield;  Grimm was 3rd string at OL; Moody was 2nd string at NT and Gilbert would have redshirted. 

Clark had to sit out anyway as a transfer.  That kid seems a bit jinxed.

Pitt POV’s Friday Round-up; Aug 5th

We finally get to read a new Redshirt Diaries entry from Craig Myers of the Post-Gazette. Apparently Pat Narduzzi did a Q&A show in front of a live audience yesterday somewhere… I guess the FAN’s studio.

With the start of training camp just a handful of days away, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi joined the morning show on 93.7 The Fan for an hour this morning, where he was asked a wide range of questions pertaining to his team and the program as a whole entering the 2016 season.

Below are some highlights from that conversation. To hear the full interview (it’s about 28 minutes long), click here.

He makes a point that we have been talking about for sometime and that is the three RB sets:

This goes in line with what Narduzzi referenced last month about potentially using James Conner as a wide receiver. It’s not clear whether all three players would be in the backfield at the same time — I’d doubt that — but having them out there in some capacity seems like more than a strong possibility.

“How would you like to tackle James Conner on a bubble out there?” Narduzzi asked when explaining the scheme. I wouldn’t, Pat.

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