PITTSBURGH — Pitt wide receiver Tre Tipton is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Thursday.
Tipton was injured ahead of Pitt’s Week 4 game against UCF. Pittsburgh Sports Now first reported Tipton’s injury on Sept. 21.
The redshirt senior finished the season with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in three games.
Narduzzi said that he is confident that Tipton will be able to secure a sixth season of competition from the NCAA, if that’s the road he chooses to go down.
Tipton suffered season-ending injuries as a true freshman in 2015 and as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. He’s played in just two full seasons. In 2016, he had 12 catches for 142 yards and touchdown. In 2018, as he was still recovering from the injury suffered in the 2017 offseason, Tipton had five catches for 42 yards.
The Apollo, Pa. native has set out to be a voice for positivity and encouragement amongst Pitt’s student athletes, even as his own career has been beset by injuries. He founded an on-campus metal wellness program for Pitt’s student-athletes called L.O.V.E. and was recognized this fall by being placed on the 2019 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.
Narduzzi called Tipton “one of our leaders” and said Pitt will miss his presence on and off the field.