October 29, 2012

Another October of Injury Disasters

Filed under: Football,Injury — Chas @ 1:49 pm

Not quite the miserable M*A*S*H unit of last year’s UConn game — and for the season — but geez. Bad things out of the Temple game.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst announced Monday that three players — linebackers Dan Mason and Manny Williams and offensive lineman Ryan Schlieper — would miss the rest of the season with injuries.

Manny Williams got hurt in the Louisville game. An ACL injury that has kept him out of the last few games. He has been trying to rehab, but it isn’t getting that much better so he is opting for the season-ending surgery.

Dan Mason. Yow. Just yow.

Mason returned earlier this season after missing two years with a knee injury, but lacerated his liver making a tackle late in the Temple game. Chryst said he is healing normally, and was optimistic that he could return for spring practice next year.

This just isn’t fair.

After everything Mason has been overcoming to play at this point, to have that happen. Damn.

Then there is Schlieper. He is having surgery on his foot from the injury suffered in the Temple game. So, Pitt’s paper thin O-line is that much thinner just before a trip to South Bend to play the now resurgent Irish and their very, very good defense.

The pride of Lebanon High, Arthur Doakes will start at right guard in place of Schlieper. Go Cedars!

As for the linebackers. Well, there’s always a chance Shane Gordon returns from his high ankle sprain. If not, then the linebackers are just as thin.

Mason, who recorded 21 tackles in two starts this season, was replaced at middle linebacker in the Temple game by Joe Trebitz, a redshirt senior who has never made a career start. This week’s official depth chart lists redshirt junior Shane Gordon as the first-team middle linebacker, but he has not played since suffering a high ankle sprain against Louisville on Oct. 13.

So. So little depth in these units going into the season. Downright scary, now.

On saturday , Pitt has the chance to erase the YSU game from all memory with a win that would carry more precedence than that loss. Chryst must utilize the SCREEN PASS & DRAW PLAYS, PLAY ACTION which will take advantage of ND’s overly agressive D. Pitt should be sky high for national TV redemption ! Players can enjoy a Saturday evening they’ll cherish/share the rest of their lives ! Leave it all on the field & get em PITT !!

Comment by ROCKY20 10.30.12 @ 11:18 pm

MASON UP !!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!! Hail To PITT !

Comment by DC33 10.31.12 @ 8:48 am

Seriously, love the idea of “Mason Up.”

Get the T-Shirts rolling!

Comment by PittofDreams 10.31.12 @ 9:15 am

We should NOT FORGET YSU, because on that day, the game was won by the better team. That’s who we were on that day, as was YSU, on that day. Who wins the game on Saturday remains to be determined. Who will be the better team then?

Who will execute better?

Who will play with more intensity?

Who will play error free?

Who wants it more?

By game’s end, these questions will be answered. YSU had a great victory over a Pitt team that thought that they could just mail it in for the win against a FSC foe. Not so fast my friend. We got socked in the mouth and that defeat should be a bitter reminder to respect your opponent no matter who they are.

This week WE are YSU. Do we bring it? Notre Dame has played games close all season. No one is giving Pitt a serious upset consideration, Vegas line Pitt +17. No one thought Pitt could beat Va Tech either. Notre Dame is beatable. We have beaten them, in their house, recently, for some fantastic victories. Pitt’s goal, at the end of this game, should be that for every Notre Dame player to feel as if for the previous 60 minutes that they have been “Facin Mason”.

Shock the world Pitt. REMEMBER 13-9. Win one for Mason. Hail to Pitt.

Comment by Dr. Tom 10.31.12 @ 10:30 am

Johnny Majors fed the team Irish stew and played the Irish fight song all week long before they played and beat ND. I wonder if PC, as low key as he is, can get the team fired up without appearing phony.

Comment by 66Goat 10.31.12 @ 12:47 pm

Mason Up Panthers!

Comment by SFPitt 10.31.12 @ 7:16 pm

I think Dan Mason should trademark “Mason Up” as a senior project and I grant him that. Hoping the boys can rise to the occasion.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 11.01.12 @ 10:15 pm

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