Pitt announced today that freshman defensive back Jamahl Pardner suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's 35-17 win over Virginia Tech. He's scheduled to have surgery this Friday, and will miss the rest of the season.
Pardner got hurt with 13:17 to go in the fourth quarter, when he was serving as a blocker on the punt return team. Pardner went back to set up initial blocking for return man Cameron Saddler, went down awkwardly after engaging with the Virginia Tech coverage man and got up limping and holding his left knee. He did not return for Virginia Tech's final drive.
Pardner had three tackles, including one sack, through three games this season.
Since he only played in three games this season, Pardner is eligible to take a medical redshirt this year, meaning he'll still have four years of eligibility when he returns next season.
Pardner has served mostly as Pitt's nickelback this season, a role that will likely be filled by Andrew Taglianetti (at least, he took over that spot on Virginia Tech's final drive Saturday). We'll hear from defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable tomorrow, so I'm sure he'll provide some more insight into how the defense will adjust without Pardner.