Pitt sophomore Andrew Taglianetti will miss the rest of the 2009 football season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Taglianetti, the team’s starting free safety, was injured in the first half of the Panthers’ 54-27 victory at Buffalo on Saturday. Redshirt junior Elijah Fields is expected to move into the starting lineup. Taglianetti, a graduate of Central Catholic, is eligible for a medical redshirt.
This is a blow to a Pitt secondary that hasn’t played well this season. Taglianetti, who had four tackles and a fumble recovery this year, also is one of the top special teams players on the Panthers. He blocked three punts last year as a true freshman. It’s now-or-never time for Fields, the redshirt junior with two career starts. Expect redshirt freshman Jarred Holley, who has made a seamless transition from cornerback to safety, to see a lot more playing time as well.