Irish Offensive Depth ChartJunior running back Jonas Gray (unlikely to play) and senior right tackle Taylor Dever (questionable) are the only pre-game injuries of note. Dever's right tackle position is charged with blocking Pittsburgh's best defensive player, left defensive end Jabaal Sheard.
- Senior Armando Allen
- Junior Robert Hughes
Note: Sophomore Cierre Wood will also play Saturday. Junior Jonas Gray (knee) is likely out for the second straight week.
- Junior John Goodman
- Freshman T.J. Jones
Note: Goodman started last week in Boston though Jones was listed as the starter. Jones was again listed in the team's official game notes, but its irrelevant as both Goodman and Jones will see ample time vs. the Panthers.
"Z" Receiver (slot):
- Sophomore Theo Riddick
- Sophomore Robby Toma
Note: Toma has appeared in just two contests this season.
- Sophomore Zack Martin
- Senior Matt Romine
Note: Romine could also see action at right tackle if Taylor Dever is unable to play.
- Junior Braxston Cave
- Junior Mike Golic or Chris Watt
- Junior Trevor Robinson
- Junior Mike Golic
- Senior Taylor Dever
- Senior Andrew Nuss
Note: Dever is a game time decision due to a hamstring injury.
Defensive Depth ChartSophomore inside linebacker Manti Te'o missed Thursday's practice due to the stomach flu. Head coach Brian Kelly noted that Te'o could have played in a game that day.
- Senior Ian Williams
- Junior Sean Cwynar
Note: Cwynar has also seen time at DE over the last three contests.
"CAT" Outside Linebacker:
"DOG" Outside Linebacker:
- Senior Kerry Neal
- Senior Brian Smith
Note: Junior Steve Filer played last week from scrimmage vs. the Eagles and should see time again today.
Free Safety (Field):
Strong Safety (Boundary):
Special TeamsSophomore Nick Tausch won the kick-off role this week due to better kick placement during practice.
- Placekicker: Senior David Ruffer
- Kick-offs: Sophomore Nick Tausch
- Punter: Sophomore Ben Turk
- Punt Return: Junior John Goodman or senior Armando Allen
- Kick Return: Freshman Bennett Jackson, Sophomore Theo Riddick or Sophomore Cierre Wood.
- Long Snapper: Sophomore Jordan Cowart
- Short Snapper: Senior Bill Flavin
- Holder: Junior Ryan Kavanagh