Jahmahl Pardner Is Lost For The Season As Cornerback Depth Suddenly Looks Shallow

Sorry, Jahmahl - this is all we got until next season. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Pitt's been pretty lucky with injuries so far this season, but it seems as if their luck has finally run out:

Pitt freshman defensive back Jahmahl Pardner injured his left knee against Virginia Tech and will have season-ending ACL surgery Friday. Pardner recorded three tackles, with one sack and a forced fumble in the first three games. Because he was injured in the third game, he will accept a medical redshirt and retain four years of eligibility.

With Pardner lost for the season and Lloyd Carrington already settling into his new home in the sunny Southwest, the seemingly stacked secondary has taken yet another hit.

The injury occurred while setting up a block for Cam Saddler in the fourth quarter Saturday against Virginia Tech. The very same Cam Saddler that got into a scuffle with pardner during training camp this summer. Oh the irony.

Pardner was the primary backup for K'Wuan Williams. With the other spot manned by Lafayette Pitts and Cullen Christian, perhaps this opens up an opportunity for someone like redshirt junior E.J. Banks to claim a spot on the depth chart. Either way, with Carrington and Pardner both gone, Pitt's deepest position has taken a major hit.

As Jerry Dipaola notes, Pardner joined Rushel Shell, J.P. Holtz and Darryl Render as the only freshmen to play so far this season. He should still be eligible for a redshirt.

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