Medical test results returned normal for Bill Stull, who sustained a concussion and "stinger'' after being sacked in the third quarter and slammed into sophomore tailback LeSean McCoy. Stull will undergo follow-up evaluations this week.
"We are incredibly relieved and grateful that Billy is OK and out of the hospital,'' Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said.
Stull was having a career day when he was knocked out of the game. In just his eighth college start, Stull 16-for-22 for 279 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions before the injury. Sophomore Pat Bostick, who started eight games and played in 10 after Stull was injured in the opener last year, is the likely starter this week.
Bostick, who only took four snaps at Navy before playing a little more than a quarter against Rutgers, was 6-for-11 for 69 yards with no touchdowns and one crucial interception.
"I'm going to prepare this week like I'm going to be the starter,'' Bostick said. "I'm sure I'll get a lot more reps this week than I have in the past few, and I've got to be ready. The circumstances really don't matter. I just have to prepare and get ready to play.
"It was tough going in for Bill after he got hurt, but ... we have to rally around whoever's in there. We tried to get it done against Rutgers, but we couldn't pull out a win. We'll see what happens this week.''
There was no additional news on center Robb Houser. The junior suffered an apparent broken ankle when he was blocked after the Bostick interception. Senior left guard C.J. Davis likely will move to center, and fifth-year senior Dom Williams could take over Davis' spot. Those were the moves Saturday.
However, redshirt freshman Chris Jacobson could be an option at left guard for Davis even though he has been the backup to junior John Malecki at right guard.
"C.J.'s a very experienced player, and he's played a lot of games,'' Bostick said. "He knows this offense as well as anybody. So, that could be a good thing. ... I guess we just have to plug in guys when other ones go down. Good teams don't miss a beat, even when you lose good players like we did.''
The Panthers (5-2) will play at Notre Dame (5-2) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Stull Released From Hospital
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