While there’s just one game left in the 2023 season, Pat Narduzzi announced that two Pitt starters are out for the season due to injuries.
Gavin Bartholomew and Devin Danielson will not play in the season finale against Duke this weekend, Narduzzi announced Monday at his weekly press conference.
“Just make an announcement that Gavin Bartholomew and Devin Danielson are out for the year,” Narduzzi said. “Obviously it’s one more game left, but both will be not with us this weekend, as well. It’s sad to see for both those guys. Obviously, with Danielson being such a tough dude, he’s never hurt, and you never thought his senior year, his sixth year would end like it did, and Gavin, obviously lost a major weapon.”
Bartholomew, who left the Syracuse loss early and did not play against Boston College, was wearing a walking boot on his foot at Acrisure Stadium over the weekend.
He appeared to pick up an injury in the aftermath of Christian Veilleux’s pick-six in the third quarter, needing medical attention in the end zone, and he would eventually leave the field at Yankee Stadium on crutches.
It was a tough season for Bartholomew, who found himself targeted less and less as Pitt’s offensive struggles continued well into the season.
Bartholomew has recorded 18 receptions for 326 yards (18.1 yards per catch) with a touchdown this season, but he’s gone without a target in two of the last three games.
Danielson has played in nine games this season, making seven starts, and he’s recorded 16 tackles (three solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. It’s the end of the line for Danielson, who walked on Senior Day and has now finished his final season of eligibility.
In six seasons at Pitt, Danielson (who has played 61 games) has recorded 93 tackles (39 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Pitt will conclude the 2023 season against Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. Saturday afternoon, and for the first time this season, it will be a noon kickoff.