Pitt Football: Injuries, Injuries, Injuries

Pitt's injuries are mounting by the day and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight.

There's been the Chris Jacobson injury and the Lucas Nix injury that have both killed the offensive line. Todd Thomas has also missed the last few weeks and now there's even more.

As Paul Zeise of the Post-Gazette reports, backup quarterback Trey Anderson is sidelined due to tendinitis in his wrist. That means Mark Myers is now being forced into backup duty.

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I find it interesting that head coach Todd Graham is now saying the rotation of the quarterbacks was a bad thing and that Tino Sunseri will play the rest of the way. Did he make that claim after he knew Anderson was going to be out and because he absolutely doesn't want to play Mark Myers? Who knows. But one thing's clear - the coaching staff doesn't want to have to play Myers for whatever reason.

Then, there's an issue of injury in the secondary. Safety Jason Hendricks is out for the UConn game and maybe longer than that with a wrist injury, according to Zeise. The secondary has been unfairly criticized a bit this year. I was one who accused them of shoddy play at times, and while that's definitely been the case, they've done a pretty decent job. Many of the passing woes, the more the season's gone on, happen in the middle of the field where the linebackers are.

 

Hendricks' injury means that Brandon Ifill will get a look. The Trib-Review reported a couple of days ago that Graham apparently wants to redshirt Lafayette Pitts. Pitts was a four-star recruit and really one of the bigger 'gets' on recruiting day after he re-committed to PItt after jumping ship to Rutgers with the Dave Wannstedt/Mike Haywood fiasco. At this point it makes little sense to play him, obviously, and Pitt would better off saving him for another season for what could be a pretty good secondary over the next few years.

Getting back to the offensive line, I can't help but wonder if things would be different in terms of wins and losses if Jacobson and Nix had been healthy. The more I think about it, the more I realize just how much the quarterback play is tied into the line. I'm not making excuses for Tino because he hasn't been even a mediocre quarterback, but he has played well at times and I think he'd be significantly better if he wasn't worried about being sacked before he can even make his first read.

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