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Starting Lineup: Drexel Back in Lineup, Baldonado Out of Lineup



PITTSBURGH — Owen Drexel dressed against Syracuse and Virginia, getting some snaps last week in Charlottesville, and he’s officially back into the lineup against Duke.

The offensive line combo favored by Pitt against Duke is Matt Goncalves, Marcus Minor, Drexel, Jake Kradel and Gabe Houy.

Kradel had started at center since the Western Michigan game, after Drexel went down in the fourth quarter of the Tennessee game, and he’s slid back to usual spot at right guard. Blake Zubovic, who had been starting at right guard with Kradel at center, will serve as a reserve lineman.

Houy, who has battled back from an offseason achilles injury that forced him out of the first half of the season, did not travel to Virginia last week, but he’s back in the starting lineup this week.

Habakkuk Baldonado, who was initially not dressed for warmups but took the field in his uniform, was not listed in the starting lineup. John Morgan earned the start in his place.

Pitt’s defensive end depth may run a bit thin, with players like Chris Maloney and Nahki Johnson featuring into the rotation.

The rest of the lineup remains the same as it has been this season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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