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Pitt Football: Chris Jacobson Injury ... This Could Hurt A Little

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).

Cory King got the start in Jacobson's place and, well, we all saw how bad the line was. But having him out at guard isn't the only reason this loss is a big one.

If you'll remember, Jacobson has been the backup at center. Ryan Turnley's done a good job thus far as far as the snaps go, but if he goes down or needs spelled, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in his place. Maybe Greg Gaskins?

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.