The Pitt football team wrapped up Spring practice Tuesday afternoon, and with that, some personnel news came with it. Jahmahl Pardner has opted to leave the football program. Chris Peak, Panther Digest, and Jerry DiPaola all tweeted that bit of information roughly at the exact same time yesterday during Paul Chryst's meet with the press. Pardner was a redshirt sophomore, and figured to play into the depth of Pitt's defensive backfield this season.
Pardner came into the program as a three star recruit from Rochester, New York. Pardner was initially recruited to play for Pitt by Todd Graham, but stuck around after Paul Chryst was hired. He was able to crack the lineup as a true freshman, and appeared in three games before a season ending injury. Pardner was able to bounce back last season and appear in six games. Overall, he appeared in nine games in his Pitt career, recording three tackles and one sack.
This move will leave Pitt a little thin at the cornerback position. Lafayette Pitts is virtually a lock at one spot, while Clairton natives, Trenton Coles and Titus Howard figure to be battling for the spot opposite of Pitts. After that, it would leave Pitt with a pair of incoming true freshman to round out the depth chart, Avonte Maddox and Phillipie Motley. Pitt has some options at safety that could fill in if needed, but essentially losing a guy like Pardner hurts.