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Pitt Gets Gabe Houy Back; Taysir Mack Injured?



PITTSBURGH — Pitt is getting one player back from injury for Saturday’s homecoming game against Miami, but may have lost another starter.

Wide receiver Taysir Mack had his right foot in a boot in a post on Instagram on Thursday, bringing into doubt his availability for Saturday’s game.

Mack started at wide receiver for the Panthers against Syracuse last Friday and made four catches for 34 yards. He finished the game without obvious injury and he made a catch on Pitt’s penultimate drive of the game.

Senior Aaron Mathews and sophomore Shocky Jacques-Louis would likely be in line for greater roles in Pitt’s offense is Mack is unable to play this Saturday.

Meanwhile, right guard Gabe Houy is expected to return from the undisclosed injury that forced him to leave Pitt’s game against Duke on Oct. 5 and miss the Syracuse game.

But head coach Pat Narduzzi was complimentary of the play of backup Jake Kradel on Thursday and would not commit to a starter going forward.

“Jake did nice,” Narduzzi said. “I’d give Jake a B for his first start. Maybe an A, as far as his first start. It’s different starting than coming in. You don’t get a chance to think about it. He thought about it all week. He knew he was going to be the guy. … I thought he did a nice job in there.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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