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Pitt Starting OT Did Not Make Trip to Notre Dame, New Starting Unit



Pitt offensive lineman Branson Taylor.

South Bend, Ind. — Branson Taylor had been the lone constant on the Pitt offensive line as injuries and inconsistency have forced a seemingly new unit every game this season.

And now Pitt will need to account for the loss of Taylor, too, as he did not make the trip to Notre Dame. It’s a big loss for the Panthers, forced to pivot at the most important position on the offensive line against a stout Notre Dame defensive line.

Taylor leads Pitt with 405 snaps this season, working extensively at left and right tackle, and the Panthers will be forced to dig deeper into the depth chart now.

As Pitt warmed up today, Ryan Baer took first-team reps at left tackle, and Terrence Enos Jr. took first-team reps at right tackle. That will likely be the starting configuration against the Fighting Irish.

Terrence Moore remains locked in at center, and Jake Kradel appears to be slotting into the starting left guard. BJ Williams took first-team reps at right guard.

So, a new-look offensive line that goes Baer-Kradel-Moore-Williams-Enos. If Enos does indeed start, as it appears he will, it will be his first career start at Pitt.

Blake Zubovic, who played last week against Wake Forest in a return from injury, is once again dressed. And Jackson Brown, who was taken a few snaps this season, could see time at tackle, too. It’s a tough time to debut a new starting unit, especially against a tough defense, but that’s kind of been the story of the season for the Pitt offensive line.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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ricard johnson
ricard johnson
7 months ago

This guy is no better is no better than the first bum. Try Nate Yarnell, he can’t be any worse. We have not thrown to the tight end all year. This team is not very well Coached. Fire Narduzzi.

7 months ago
Reply to  ricard johnson

Calm down dude

7 months ago

This is one of the reasons why they’re not gelling on offense

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