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Pat Narduzzi mum on use of Jordan Whitehead vs. Penn State

Will the Panthers’ star safety play some offense this weekend?

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Pat Narduzzi went into this week tight-lipped about his players’ injuries. He then said his players wouldn’t be allowed to speak with the media leading up to the game. So naturally, when asked about the chances of safety Jordan Whitehead lining up on offense against Penn State on Saturday, it was more of the same:

As I’ve said before, I don’t mind Narduzzi’s secretive nature here and if the team wins, no one will care. Personally, I do expect Whitehead to be on offense in some capacity just because he’s too valuable not to be used there for at least a few plays.

And while I realize that Narduzzi said that Pitt’s offense was not intentionally against Villanova, it’s hard to come away with that impression if you watched the game. Pitt’s offense seemed about as bland as it could get and whether Whitehead is out there or not this weekend, I think that you’ll see a much more complex style when the Panthers have the ball.

I think this game is too important to Narduzzi and if Pitt didn’t pull out all the stops, I would be very surprised. To me, Pitt will come out and lay it all on the line in terms of creativity. That doesn’t necessarily mean an abundance of trick plays but I think we’ll see some different things on offense, including Whitehead getting a few snaps.

Time will tell.

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