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.