LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 12: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball while defended by Lloyd Carrington #27 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Surprising news yesterday as sophomore defensive back Lloyd Carrington has decided to transfer. The Texas native saw action in seven games last season and was primed to be a contributor in Pitt's talented secondary this season.
What gives?According to Paul Chryst, Carrington wanted to be closer to home:
"He told me that one of the reasons that he came to Pittsburgh was that he wanted a new experience," Chryst said. "He said, 'I was able to do that, but I know that what I really want to do is be closer to home.' He's thinking straight, it's well thought-out, and those are the reasons I think you like him. You want nothing but the best for him."
That's certainly understandable for a young man being so far from home. Carrington was a three-star recruit from Texas with Big 12 offers after just one year of football, so he was a nice get for Todd Graham to bring to Pittsburgh. He certainly proved his worth by earning time a true freshman and was impressive in camp, even in Pitt's deep secondary.
Make no mistake about it - this is Pitt's loss. But at Cardiac Hill, we wish him the best wherever he ends up.
His absence all but guarantees freshman Jahmahl Pardner doesn't redshirt and makes the two-deep. Pardner picked Pitt over MAC offer proving once again that high school talent evaluators - myself included - are completely fallible.
In happier news, it appears that Pitt will be adding a player in his place:
Garner is a former three-star TE/WR in the Drew Carswell mold. He's played in two Rose Bowls instead of two BBVA bowls, so I'm happy to have him. Garner is a Pittsburgh native and was a former tree-star recruit. He'll have two years of eligibility after a redshirt.
it was also announced that four Pitt walk-ons have earned scholarships this season:
Obviously, a huge congratulations to each one of them.
Paul Chryst talked about them after yesterday's practice:
Jerry DiPaola puts it best:
I can only imagine the joy when ex-Pitt walkons Giubilato, Wuestner, Barthelemy, Yoklic told parents they had earned scholarships— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) August 23, 2012
Not sure there's a better feeling in the world than telling your parents good news.