Ray Graham Injury: Pitt RB Was 'Scheduled To Get 25 Carries' In Youngstown State Loss

Ray Graham didn't get as much playing time as debut head coach Paul Chryst had hoped in the team's disappointing season-opening loss to Youngstown State, the coach admitted in the Big East coaches' teleconference Monday morning.

Graham, who tore his ACL last season against UConn, was considered a game-time decision Saturday, but ended up carrying the ball 14 times for 71 yards. His early red zone fumble was costly, killing promising Pitt drive, but overall, Chryst was pleased with what he saw out of the senior starter. From Smith's Twitter:

I thought he did some good things. I think he trusted himself. The best thing was that his confidence grew. I thought overall it was good to get him going. I still think he can make a lot more strides. We are over a big hump, a big hurdle.

Graham will presumably start again next week against a more traditionally tough opponent in Cincinnati.

For more on Pitt football, head over to Cardiac Hill and continue to check out SB Nation Pittsburgh for updates.

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