Pitt Spring Depth Chart

The Pitt football team will be without several expected starters when spring practice sessions begin this afternoon, but their absence only provides opportunities for other players to up-grade their standing.

Pittsburgh (9-4), coming off its most successful regular season in more than two decades and first bowl appearance since Coach Dave Wannstedt returned to his alma mater for the 2005 season, returns six starters on offense and seven on defense this season.

Starting left offensive tackle Jason Pinkston (shoulder) and tight end Nate Byham (shoulder) are out this spring, while starting defensive end Greg Romeus (back) will be restricted from full contact after off-season surgeries.

Former starting defensive tackle Gus Mustakas (knee), backup tight end John Pelusi (both shoulders) and safety Irvan Brown (Achilles) will also be out this spring due to off-season procedures, while former starting linebackers Adam Gunn (neck) and Shane Murray (knee), as well as redshirt freshman wideout Cameron Saddler (knee) will be limited to non-contact drills. Senior wideout T.J. Porter also is out this spring due to a disciplinary suspension.

Pitt's spring depth chart follows with projected starters first and players limited or out this spring underlined and listed last:

OFFENSE

QB -- Fifth-year senior Bill Stull, junior Pat Bostick and redshirt freshman Tino Sunseri

FB -- Redshirt sophomore Henry Hynoski and redshirt junior Kevin Collier

TB -- Redshirt sophomore Shariff Harris, redshirt freshman Chris Burns and freshman Dion Lewis

SE -- Fifth-year senior Oderick Turner, sophomore Jonathan Baldwin and senior Greg Cross

FL -- Fifth-year senior Cedric McGee and redshirt sophomores Aundre Wright and Aaron Smith, senior T.J. Porter

TE -- senior Dorin Dickerson and redshirt freshmen Mike Cruz and Justin Virbitsky, and senior Nate Byham and fifth-year John Pelusi

LT -- Sophomore Lucas Nix and redshirt sophomore Jordan Gibbs, and redshirt junior Jason Pinkston

LG -- Redshirt sophomores Chris Jacobson and John Fieger

C -- Senior Robb Houser, redshirt junior Alex Karabin and redshirt sophomore Wayne Jones

RG -- Senior John Malecki and redshirt junior Jared Martin

RT -- Senior Joe Thomas and redshirt sophomore Greg Gaskins

PK -- Redshirt junior Dan Hutchins and redshirt freshman Kevin Harper

DEFENSE

DE -- Junior Jabaal Sheard and redshirt freshman Shayne Hale

DT -- Fifth-year senior Mick Williams, redshirt junior Tyler Tkach and redshirt sophomore Chas Alexcih

NT -- Redshirt sophomore Myles Caragein, senior Tommie Duhart and fifth-year senior Craig Bokor, and fifth-year senior Gus Mustakas

DE -- Redshirt sophomores Tony Tucker and Justin Hargrove, fifth-year senior Doug Fulmer, and redshirt junior Greg Romeus

SLB -- Redshirt sophomore Greg Williams and redshirt junior Nate Nix

MLB -- Fifth-year senior Steve Dell and redshirt sophomore Brandon Lindsey, and fifth-year seniors Adam Gunn and Shane Murray

WLB -- Redshirt sophomores Max Gruder and Tristan Roberts

CB -- Senior Aaron Berry, sophomore Antwuan Reed and redshirt freshman Jarred Holley

FS -- Junior Dom DeCicco and redshirt freshman Ronald Hobby

SS -- Redshirt junior Elijah Fields and sophomore Andrew Taglianetti, and fifth-year senior Irvan Brown

CB -- Senior Jovani Chappel, redshirt junior Ricky Gary and redshirt sophomore Buddy Jackson

P -- Hutchins and redshirt freshmen Andrew Costello and Aaron Hassett

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