PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi expects Pitt strong safety Jordan Whitehead will be able to play this Saturday against Georgia Tech.
Narduzzi released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying that the reasons that Whitehead missed his team’s win over Marshall last Saturday were “personal in nature” and that Narduzzi wouldn’t elaborate further on their nature.
After the game Saturday, Narduzzi wouldn’t clarify if Whitehead, who was dressed in full uniform and even took warmups with the team was injured or did not play for some other reason. He repeated that stance at his Monday press conference, calling the issue unresolved and said that he did not know if Whitehead would be able to play against Georgia Tech.
Pittsburgh Sports Now first reported Tuesday morning through multiple sources that Whitehead was not dealing with an injury. He was a full participant in practice on Tuesday and split time at the starting strong safety position with Reggie Mitchell, who filled in for Whitehead against Marshall.
The full text of Narduzzi’s statement:
“As head football coach, I feel a tremendous amount of responsibility for the well-being of our players. That includes protecting their privacy when appropriate. Jordan Whitehead did not play in last week’s game for reasons that are personal in nature. I won’t comment further on the topic other than to say I fully anticipate that Jordan will be available to play this coming Saturday against Georgia Tech.”
Whitehead, a sophomore, is second on the team with 31 tackles and has started all but two games in his Pitt career. The Central Valley grad was the ACC’s Rookie of the Year in 2015.