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Pat Narduzzi reacts to Wirginis injury during weekly show

Pitt loses top linebacker days before match-up with #5 Notre Dame

October 10, 2018 - 9:34 pm

By Stacy Kauffman

Ahead of Pitt's big road game in South Bend, the Panthers have already suffered a major loss. Defensive captain,  Quintin Wirginis is out for the year after having college career-ending knee surgery Wednesday. During his weekly show heard on 93.7 The Fan, head coach Pat Narduzzi described how they lost the senior linebacker to injury. 

"Sad day, Tuesday. Really, just during individual drills, he runs around the hoop, kinda plants his foot and spins and goes down and lays flat on his face. You kinda go, 'oh he's going to get up' like he normally does. Just a sad day. You hate to see anybody go down."

Wirginis was a leader on the field with team highs in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles. Narduzzi said his teammates took the news hard. "They go down in a game that's one thing, but when you go down in practice that's a whole different ball game. Our football team was not real happy after Tuesday's practice, obviously. Took the breath out of a lot of guys."

"But, that's part of the game," added Narduzzi. "It's next man up. Chase Pine and Elias Reynolds will be two guys ready to go at the mic spot. We'll make a game time decision and go with it." 

Redshirt sophomores, Pine and Reynolds have combined for 13 tackles and zero sacks this season.

Narduzzi talked with Wirginis after his surgery and said that he was at home resting. The head coach laments what happened. "I just feel bad for him. He's had an incredible year. You want to see it go 13, 14 games with him but we'll embrace those six great games we had. He ended the right way cause he had a heck of a game Saturday against Syracuse.  

"Quintin has had a great career at Pitt. Just unfortunate it ends like it did."