Five Pitt players will miss Saturday’s game at Clemson due to COVID-19 protocols, the team announced Saturday afternoon.
Pitt does not disclose the identities of players that don’t attend games for COVID-19 reasons, but five Pitt regulars did not travel with the team without any other readily available explanation: starting offensive linemen Gabe Houy, Jake Kradel and Carter Warren, reserve defensive tackle Noah Palmer and special teams contributor Aydin Henningham.
Houy, Kradel and Warren will miss their second consecutive game. Last week against Virginia Tech, redshirt freshman Matt Goncalves started in place of Warren at left tackle, redshirt sophomore Blake Zubovic started in place of Kradel at right guard and redshirt junior Carson Van Lynn started in place of Houy at right tackle.
Six Pitt scholarship players are presumably out with injuries: running back Israel Abanikanda (undisclosed), defensive tackle Tyler Bentley (undisclosed), linebacker Wendell Davis (knee), tight end Lucas Krull (knee) and defensive tackle Bryce Nelms (undisclosed).
Other Pitt scholarship players that did not travel to Clemson include defensive end Emmanuel Belgrave, offensive lineman Liam Dick, wide receiver Will Gipson, offensive lineman Michael Statham and defensive end Sam Williams.