Saw on Twitter today that Rashad Weaver injured his knee in Practice and will be out for the season. This is the kind of injury that Pitt could ill afford as Weaver was primed for an all-ACC season and we have little depth at the DE position.
This is a huge opportunity for Deslin Alexandre, who has been tabbed as the third DE. It’s a also a huge opportunity for one of the many redshirt Freshman DE’s that are on the roster. Nonetheless, Weaver’s presence will be missed.
Here is the official press release from Pitt’s SID:
PITTSBURGH—Pitt junior defensive end Rashad Weaver will miss the 2019 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced.
Weaver sustained the injury during Thursday’s training camp practice.
Considered one of the top returning defensive linemen in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Weaver (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cooper City)was named preseason All-ACC by no fewer than three different publications. As a sophomore in 2018, he led Pitt in sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (14) and fumble recoveries (three).
“Rashad Weaver embodies what Pitt football is all about,” Narduzzi said. “He is an outstanding player, student and leader. Everyone in this program shares his disappointment, but we know he will overcome this adversity and return better than ever.”
The Panthers open the season at Heinz Field against Coastal Division foe Virginia on August 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Hail to Pitt