PITTSBURGH — Pitt’s shifty freshman running back Vincent Davis will play for the Panthers in his fifth game of the season this Saturday against Delaware, head coach Pat Narduzzi said on Thursday.
That means that Davis will not use a redshirt season.
“Yeah, he’s going to play a fifth game, eventually for sure” Narduzzi said. “Maybe a sixth. This freshman class is pretty talented. We’re not holding back. We’re not really worried about the four games. If a guy can help us, we’d like to get him on the field.
Davis’ production has been useful for the Panthers, who have had their struggles in their running game this season. In his first four collegiate contests has ran for 100 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
With A.J. Davis and Todd Sibley Jr. having more experience, Vincent Davis has given the running back unit some much needed balance with his versatility. His speed and energy is something that the Panthers are looking for more of as the season and his career goes on.
“You try to keep guys fresh,” Narduzzi said. “The offense played 94 plays last week. Eventually, you get worn out.”
Davis is the only Pitt freshman that’s played in all four games to start the season. Linebacker SirVocea Dennis has played in three games so far. Three others have played in two games.
Alan Saunders contributed reporting from Pittsburgh.