PITTSBURGH — Pitt senior linebacker SirVocea Dennis didn’t return to the sideline or to play in the second half against Virginia Tech.
Dennis led the Panthers in tackles in the first half, making six total and four solo. This also included an important sack at the end of the first half on Hokies redshirt junior quarterback Grant Wells.
His sack forced Virginia Tech out of field goal range and led to Wells throwing a Hail Mary pass that Panthers redshirt senior Marquis Williams intercepted.
Without Dennis playing, Pitt is thin at the mike linebacker position, with senior Brandon George out as well, with no playing time since Rhode Island two weeks ago.
Expect to see redshirt senior linebacker Shayne Simon move to fill Dennis’ role. Also redshirt sophomore Solomon DeShields will likely play the money linebacker in Simon’s place.