The Pitt defense will be without another important player for the 2020 season, as the program announced on Tuesday that senior cornerback Damarri Mathis will miss the 2020 season due to a non-football related injury.
“We are certainly disappointed for Damarri,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said in a press release. “Fortunately, he still has a redshirt season in addition to the eligibility relief the NCAA will provide this year.”
In addition to Mathis, Pitt will also be without All-American candidate defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman, who opted out of playing in the 2020 season and will pursue and NFL career in the spring.
Mathis had been expected to join fellow cornerback Jason Pinnock and safeties Damar Hamlin and Paris Ford as one the most talented and experienced secondaries in the country, but one of those pieces has now been removed.
Mathis started 10 games in 2019, collecting 23 tackles, two tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions. The Florida native has played in 36 games over the past three seasons for Pitt.
Mathis has not used his redshirt year, and will have one season of eligibility remaining, should he return to college in 2021.