Both the Miami Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Panthers will be without one of their biggest offensive factors as the two schools face off Saturday.
Miami’s tight end Brevin Jordan, who was listed as questionable with a right shoulder injury throughout the week, has been ruled out, per the Miami Herald. As for Pittsburgh, starting quarterback Kenny Pickett did not travel due to an injured ankle, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.
Jordan has been the Hurricanes’ top receiving target this season, garnering 18 receptions for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan suffered the injury during the third quarter in last week’s 42-17 loss to Clemson and did not return. Junior Will Mallory, who’s caught a touchdown this season, will start and redshirt freshman Larry Hodges will back him up.
Pickett injured his left ankle against Boston College last weekend. The four-year starter has recorded 1,389 passing yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions this season. He was the starting quarterback when Pitt upset Miami in 2017. The Panthers will be starting redshirt freshman Joey Yellen, per reporter Jerry DiPaola.
The Panthers will also be without running back Izzy Abanikanda, defensive tackle Keyshon Camp, middle linebacker Wendell Davis and tight end Lucas Krull.
Are the Hurricanes in trouble without Jordan?
Aside from Jordan’s 31 receiving yards last week, Miami’s pass-catchers totaled just 90 yards last week. While that does draw concerns, Mallory is a threat to exploit Pitt’s defense, which has had trouble maintaining tight ends.
Last week, Boston College’s Hunter long registered six receptions for 93 yards. And N.C. State’s Cary Angeline caught four passes for 60 yards and four receptions two weeks ago.
What does Yellen bring to Pitt’s offense?
Yellen, a former four-star recruit, had limited snaps in the Panthers’ 55-0 victory over Austin Peay, completing 2 of his 3 passes for 19 yards and no touchdowns.
However, the Arizona State transfer showcased his arm talent in a 31-26 loss to USC last season. In the loss, Yellen threw for 292 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 28 of his 44 passes.
Redshirt freshman Davis Beville, who’s 3 of 6 on the season for 13 yards, will serve as the backup quarterback.