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‘RB U’ Is Stacked with Talent for Now and Future



Is is silly to suggest Pitt has too many options at running back?

While it probably is, in reality, it’s probably not far from the truth after Monday’s latest addition to Pitt’s future backfield.

New York three-star back Israel Abanikanda joined Pitt’s 2020 recruiting class and his addition gives Mark Whipple another dangerous weapon on his future depth chart.


A.J. Davis, junior (former four-star recruit)

AJ Davis September 30, 2017 — David Hague

Mychale Salahuddin, Redshirt Freshman (Former 4-Star Recruit)

Mychale Salahuddin (7) Practice August 16, 2018 — DAVID HAGUE

Todd Sibley, redshirt sophomore (former three-star recruit)

Todd Sibley (23) in the Blue Gold game April 13, 2019 — David Hague/PSN

V’Lique Carter, sophomore (former three-star recruit)

Vlique Carter (19) October 27, 2018 — BEN BAMFORD

Daniel Carter, freshman (former four-star recruit)

Vincent Davis, freshman (former three-star recruit)

Paris Brown Jr., freshman (former three-star recruit)

Henry Parrish, Jr, Class of 2020 (three-star recruit)

Israel Abanikanda, Class of 2020 (three-star Recruit)

Is that enough talent in the backfield for you?

Having this many players brings with it many questions. How with Whipple and Pat Narduzzi decide to use these players? Who will be given the best opportunity to start? Which players will Pitt look to possibly redshirt this season?

Assuming everyone is healthy entering camp, my guess is that it’ll be a battle between Davis and Salahuddin for the starting job with Sibley being dark horse candidate. I’d imagine V. Carter is someone that Pitt will use in many different formations and have him touch the ball often.

As far as the incoming freshman go, they’ll have to show the coaching staff something in camp in order for Narduzzi not to redshirt them.

The exciting thing for the staff and the running backs is that unlike the last couple of years, the team doesn’t have a clear cut starter which means everyone will have the chance to earn carries.

The opportunity will be there, who will step up and grab the chance of being the next star at Running Back U?

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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