Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey will miss the rest of the 2018 season with an injury, Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Tuesday morning.
Morrissey, a redshirt sophomore, underwent ankle surgery on Monday. He was injured on the final offensive play of Pitt’s 34-13 win over Wake Forest on Saturday that clinched the ACC Coastal Division.
“Jimmy has been tremendous for us this year, both as a player and a leader,” Narduzzi said in a press release. “We all share his disappointment, but I know this will only be a temporary setback for him. Jimmy will be back next year better than ever. In the meantime, I know he will continue to do all he can to help our offensive line perform at the same high level. That’s the type of person and teammate he is.”
Morrissey, who started out at Pitt as a walk-on from La Salle College High School in Eastern Pennsylvania, was put on scholarship before the 2017 season and had started 23 consecutive games.
The most likely replacement for Morrissey will be redshirt senior Connor Dintino, who has been starting at left guard for the Panthers. Dintino backed up Morrissey at center in 2017 before sliding over into a starting role this year. He’d likely be replaced at guard by redshirt sophomore Bryce Hargrove, who has played as Pitt’s sixth offensive lineman most of this season.
Redshirt freshman Owen Drexel is the only other natural center that Pitt has on scholarship.
Pitt will play Miami this Saturday before facing Clemson in the 2018 ACC Championship Game on Dec. 1.