Pitt Football: Isaac Bennett's incredibly shrinking role

Streeter Lecka

After Rushel Shell's untimely departure in the offseason, Isaac Bennett was expected to be the man. But with the surging James Conner playing well, Bennett has been reduced to more of a backup role - even as he continues to be listed as the starter on Pitt's weekly depth charts.

But a quick look at the last two games shows that Bennett's workload is getting smaller and smaller.

The junior is still getting playing time - just not as much of it. After Conner clearly outplayed Bennett in the New Mexico game, Bennett's playing time has shrunk. After getting 14 carries against New Mexico, Bennett got only 12 carries to Conner's 26 against Duke. His time shrunk even more last week when he received a paltry five carries against Virginia.

Bennett's big problem thus far is that he's not done much with the carries he's had lately. Pitt got more than twice the production out of Conner (6.7 yards per carry) than they did out of Bennett (3.2 yards per carry) against Duke. In addition, while Conner wasn't very good against Virginia (15 carries for 27 yards), Bennett was even worse (five carries for five yards). If Bennett wants more playing time, he's simply got to do more with the diminishing attempts he's getting.

Things could get even worse for him, though, if freshman Rachid Ibrahim works his way into the mix like he did against Virginia last week with four carries. Ibrahim provides a nice change of pace to Conner and with Bennett running a similar style as Conner, he could see his carries shrink even more of Ibrahim gets more playing time.

The season is still young, but so far, it's not looking all that promising for Bennett.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and manager/editor of Cardiac Hill @AnsonWhaley

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker