Pitt got more bad news on Monday with the news that safety Jason Hendricks is out for the year with a shoulder injury. Hendricks was the team's starting 'bandit' safety playing in the secondary alongside free safety, Jarred Holley and his absence will force Andrew Taglianetti into that starting spot.â†µ
Taglianetti is a solid player and should be able to do a reasonably good job filling in, but where this hurts Pitt is in terms of depth. Taglianetti was the backup to Hendricks and also a backup to Holley. With his move into the starting lineup, Pitt will be forced to use freshman Brandon Ifill as the primary backup in both safety spots.
The injury bug has bitten Pitt all season long, but injuries to starting offensive lineman Lucas Nix and linebacker Todd Thomas in recent weeks have really hurt the team. Backup quarterback Trey Anderson is also battling tendonitis and Mark Myers could be backing up starting quarterback Tino Sunseri this week.