Head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt defense received all of the criticism following last Saturday’s loss to Western Michigan so lost in the outcome was something that has been a continuing issue with the Pitt program.
Since Mark Whipple was hired as Pitt’s offensive coordinator, the Panthers simply have not been able to run the football. That’s not an exaggeration, that’s just the ugly truth and the facts.
This flaw in their offense has been covered up over the last year because of the play of quarterback Kenny Pickett. However, following this season, Pickett won’t be the quarterback anymore and the offense likely won’t be relying so much on the passing game to move the football and they’ll have to be able to get some production on the ground.
Over the last two seasons, here are the game-by-game rushing leaders for Pitt running backs and as you can see, it’s not very impressive.
Western Michigan– Vincent Davis, 38 yards
Tennessee– Israel Abanikanda, 43 yards
UMass– Rodney Hammond, 44 yards
Austin Peay– Vincent Davis, 43 yards
Syracuse– Vincent Davis, 70 yards
Louisville– Vincent Davis, 68 yards
NC State– Vincent Davis, 49 yards
Boston College– Vincent Davis, 54 yards
Miami– A.J. Davis, 25 yards
Notre Dame– Vincent Davis, 34 yards
Florida State- Vincent Davis, 54 yards
Virginia Tech– A.J. Davis, 80 yards
Clemson– A.J. Davis, 21 yards
Georgia Tech– Vincent Davis, 248 yards
To fix the problem, determining the cause of the problem is key. Our PSN Poll Question for today is, what is the biggest reason Pitt can’t run the football?