The 2019 Pitt football season was greatly impacted today with the news of a devastating injury to one of their best players.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced prior to practice that junior defensive end Rashad Weaver will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Narduzzi, who looked emotionally affected when delivering the news, said the injury happened on the next to last play of practice.
According to Narduzzi, Weaver was taking on a tight end on a passing play and injured the knee when planting his foot to take on the block.
Weaver is Pitt’s best defensive lineman and one of the best in the ACC. He was voted preseason All-ACC by three different publications. In 2018, Weaver led Pitt with 6.5 sacks, 14 tackles for losses and three fumble recoveries.
“Rashad Weaver embodies what Pitt football is all about,” said Narduzzi. “He is an outstanding player, student and leader. Everyone in this program shares his disappointment, but we know he will overcome this adversity and return better than ever.”
— Rashad Weaver (@RashadWeaver) August 9, 2019
In all likelihood, Narduzzi and Randy Bates will look to move sophomore Deslin Alexandre into Weaver’s starting spot.