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:
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
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
Pitt Spring Depth Chart
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