Tre Tipton’s career at Pitt appeared to be finished following season-ending knee surgery last September but that’s not the case.
The NCAA has granted Tipton a medical hardship waiver for the 2020 season and he was on the field Monday morning for the first Spring Practice.
With the graduation of Maurice Ffrench and Aaron Mathews, Tipton will become the veteran member of Pitt’s relatively young receivers depth chart. Prior to the injury, Tipton had seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in Pitt’s first three games.
The Apollo-Ridge alum has battled injuries throughout his Panther career. He redshirted his freshman year due to injury, suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2017 and then another knee injury last season.
Tipton will be a top option as the slot receiver and will join Shocky Jacques-Louis, Jared Wayne and Taysir Mack as veteran playmakers for Kenny Pickett.
Tipton will receive one of the scholarships that became available following the announcement that Jerry Drake and Albert Tucker were placed on medical exemption, leaving the Panthers with one open scholarship.