Plus one injury.
To the surprise of, really no one, Coach Paul Chryst has lifted the suspensions of Tyrone Ezell, Shayne Hale, Rushel Shell, Ronald Jones, Chris Davis and Anthony Gonzalez. All six were already permitted to practice with the team this week. Not to mention being listed on the two-deep for the Cinci game. So it mostly felt like a formality to make it official. That or Coach Chryst feels like this is some sort of tactical advantage to keep opposing teams unsure who will play — like his non-injury reports.
Anthony Gonzalez and Chris Davis did not make the travel team roster, however. If you are scoring at home, along with yet another position change, this is two straight seasons Gonzalez has put himself in a coach’s doghouse despite his athletic ability and potential. At this rate the only question with Gonzalez will be whether years later only Gonzalez looks back at his time with Pitt and think, “if only…” or will Pitt fans as well.
T.J. Clemmings who missed the YSU game with an undisclosed injury will also be back.
The D-line will have less of an excuse for this game with one starter and two more more back-ups available. Whether they can handle Cinci’s O-line and a mobile QB is still a big unknown.