As unlikely as that sounds, their dream took a couple of big hits this week, as Wednesday just was an awful day for the Panthers.
Below the total of five additions from Illinois, Notre Dame has added athletes from six other Midwest states through these three classes: two from Indiana (Jack Kiser, Paul Moala), two from Ohio (Zeke Correll, John Dirksen), and one a piece from Michigan (Ovie Oghoufo), Kansas (Jafar Armstrong), Missouri (Kyren Williams), and Minnesota (Quinn Carroll).
News broke yesterday that Pitt starting linebacker and captain, Quintin Wirginis suffered a non-contact knee injury in practice and will miss the rest of the 2018 season. This is a huge loss for the Panthers as Wirginis was their best defensive player by far this season. Quintin is the team leader in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, and forced fumbles.
There is still no word about who will replace Wirginis in the lineup for Pitt. Both Elias Reynolds and Chase Pine (a former ND recruiting target) will battle for the position this week.
Pitt will also lose their starting tight end, Tyler Sear. Apparantly, Sear is leaving the team for personal reasons. Its been suggested that those reasons could be the fact that Pitt just doesnt throw to the tight end, and they are glorified offensive linemen in this system.
Video: Inside College Football: Pittsburgh vs Notre Dame preview
Its easy to crush Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Watson on this, but it might be a case of the chicken or the egg. Is it that Pitt doesnt use tight ends in its offense, or that the tight ends arent good enough in the passing game to use? Pitt has also struggled in pass protection, and offensive line coach Borbely actually mentioned that one of the sacks Pitt gave up on Saturday could be attributed to Tyler Sear. Sear also had a drop of a shovel pass during the game as well. Overall, the tight ends have 6 catches for only 45 yards through 6 games.
Share Share The whole recent history of so-so Pitt teams stunning national title contenders tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images Unranked, 3-3 Pitt visits unbeaten, No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Irish are 21-point favorites, which makes all the rational sense in the world … and none of the emotional sense to anyone whos watched a few big Pitt games this century.
With an important haul of Josh Lugg, Kurt Hinish, and David Adams signed in 2017, Notre Dame went on to add All-American quarterback Phil Jurkovec and Matthew (Bo) Bauer in the following class while securing a commitment from Jurkovec’s former teammate in o-tackle Andrew Kristofic this year.
The Panthers have shown a knack, especially when they havent been all that good, for beating top-tier title contenders or giving them hearty scares. That included Notre Dame the last time the Irish got close to a national championship.
The Hokies were 8-0 when Pitt visited on the first weekend in November. Yet Pitts win in this game was the start of a 2-4 Hokies finish that turned them from frontline contenders to afterthoughts in their second year A.V. (After Vick).