Pitt starting defensive tackle Gus Mustakas was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Panthers’ 34-10 victory over Grambling State Saturday.
A 6-foot-3, 273-pound junior, Mustakas was the Panthers’ second-leading tackler through the first two games, with 11 stops (two for losses). Mustakas can qualify for a medical redshirt, which will give him two more seasons of eligibility.
“We are incredibly disappointed for Gus,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “He was off to an outstanding start this season and had been playing like an all-star caliber defensive lineman since the spring. Fortunately, Gus can receive a medical redshirt. I know he will show his trademark dedication during the rehabilitation process and get himself ready for action next year.”
Mustakas is the latest Panthers player to be lost to a serious injury, joining All-Big East receiver Derek Kinder (knee) and offensive lineman Chris Jacobson (knee), tailback Kevin Collier (wrist) and quarterback Bill Stull (thumb).
All, like Mustakas, are eligible for redshirts.