Still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last Fall, Pitt running back Ray Graham is "unlikely to play" in the Panthers' season opener next week against Youngstown State. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported the news that Graham will be held out of the opener, which is set for Saturday, September 1.
Graham was averaging an impressive 134.1 yards per game last season before he tore his right ACL in the Panthers October 26 game against UConn. He spent all offseason and Summer rehabbing and recovering, but Pitt coach Paul Chryst is exercising caution for the opener against nearby YSU.
Sophomore Isaac Bennett is likely to get the start at running back if Graham is on the sidelines. Bennett carried the ball 58 times for 237 yards last season. He'll be backed up by true freshman Rushel Shell.