As if things on the offensive line couldn't get any worse:
Pitt senior guard Chris Jacobson is out for the season with a knee injury.
Jacobson, who expects to undergo surgery next week, will seek a medical hardship waiver and sixth year of eligibility. This is the second season-ending injury of his collegiate career (2007 preseason right knee injury).
Graham talked about the need for King to step up:
"He's got to be ready to go," Graham said Wednesday. "He's a guy that, all summer long, was one of the best guys in the weight room. He worked his tail off and we've got a lot of confidence that he can come in and get it done if he needs to."
The good news, if any, is that Jacobson could get a chance for a sixth year of eligibility:
"Chris Jacobson is one of the most respected people in our program and I know every player and coach feels disappointment for him that he’ll miss the rest of the year," Pitt coach Todd Graham said in a statement. "Fortunately, we feel optimistic about his chances to receive a sixth year from the NCAA."
Jacobson isn't only a good lineman, but he's been rather steady, starting in the past 17 games. Get ready for a lot more critiquing of the O-line this season.