Pitt Junior running back Rachid Ibrahim will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering an injury to his Achilles tendon Wednesday, according to first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi
Narduzzi spoke about Ibrahim after practice Wednesday.
“It was just kind of a walking injury, a non-contact one, a freak incident that happens,” he said. “We will probably lose him for the year. Anytime you lose a guy that has played for you in the past, you lose that experience. But you move on and keep going.”
Pitt went 6-7 last year and has no time to brood over lost opportunities in the ever-competitive ACC.
“I don’t want to focus on one guy because it’s a team effort,” Narduzzi said. “ We got other guys; it’s time for somebody to step up.”
The Panthers will look to lead back James Conner to shoulder the loss.
Conner rushed for an impressive 1765 yards last year (7th in the nation) and will look to build on that number in the season upcoming. Although Ibrahim rushed for only 263 yards last season, he maintained a whopping 8.0 yards per carry.
The Panthers will miss him as a change-of-pace back and will have to rely more heavily on freshmen Darrin Hall and Quadree Ollison to pick up the slack.
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