DiNucci gets to the top of Pitt's depth chart

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Pitt made a few changes to the two-deep on Monday, and here's a full rundown of this week's depth chart.

Offense depth chart - Week Seven

Position

Player

Player

Player

Quarterback

Ben DiNucci

Kenny Pickett

Running back

Qadree Ollison

Darrin Hall

Wide receiver

Jester Weah

Aaron Mathews

Ruben Flowers III

Wide receiver

Quadree Henderson

Rafael Araujo-Lopes

Wide receiver

Maurice Ffrench

Aaron Mathews

Tight end

Matt Flanagan

Chris Clark

Devon Edwards

Left tackle

Brian O'Neill

Tony Pilato

Left guard

Alex Officer

Mike Herndon

Center

Jimmy Morrissey OR

Connor Dintino

Right guard

Mike Herndon OR

Brandon Hodges

Right tackle

Alex Bookser

Jaryd Jones-Smith

Jerry Drake Jr.

- There were only two changes to the offensive two-deep. At quarterback, Ben DiNucci is the starter after Max Browne left the Syracuse game with an injury to his throwing arm. Freshman Kenny Pickett is now the backup at the position.

- Pitt also changed the two-deep at running back. Last week, the coaches listed Qadree Ollison and Chawntez Moss as "OR" starters, but with Moss suspended "indefinitely," according to Pat Narduzzi, he is no longer listed. Now junior Darrin Hall is the lone backup to Ollison.

- The coaches kept a pair of "OR's" on the offensive line. The first is at center, splitting Jimmy Morrissey, who has started every game this season, and Connor Dintino, who rotated in during the last two games.

The other "OR" is at right guard between Mike Herndon and Brandon Hodges. That "OR" is another carryover from last week after Hodges started the Georgia Tech and Rice games but Herndon started at Syracuse. Ultimately, the coaches rotated liberally at right guard in each of the last two games.

Defense depth chart - Week Seven

Position

Player

Player

Player

Defensive end

Dewayne Hendrix

James Folston Jr.

Nose tackle

Shane Roy

Kam Carter

Rashad Wheeler

Defensive tackle

Keyshon Camp

Amir Watts

Jaylen Twyman

Defensive end

Rashad Weaver OR

Allen Edwards

Patrick Jones II

Money linebacker

Elijah Zeise

Jalen Williams

Middle linebacker

Saleem Brightwell

Elias Reynolds

Chase Pine

Star linebacker

Oluwaseun Idowu

Henry Miller

Rimoni Dorsey

Strong safety

Jordan Whitehead

Dennis Briggs

Phil Campbell

Free safety

Bricen Garner

Damar Hamlin OR

Jazzee Stocker

Cornerback

Avonte Maddox

Jason Pinnock OR

Phillipie Motley

Cornerback

Dane Jackson OR

Damarri Mathis

Therran Coleman

- There were only a couple minor changes on the defensive two-deep. At defensive end, Rashad Weaver and Allen Edwards are "OR" starters; that was the case last week, too, although last week the coaches put Edwards name first and this week Weaver's comes first, for whatever that's worth.

- Similarly, last week, Chase Pine and Elias Reynolds had an "OR" between them in the depth at middle linebacker. This week, there's no "OR" and Reynolds is listed first behind Saleem Brightwell.

- The coaches continue to list Dane Jackson and Damarri Mathis as "OR" starters at cornerback, although Jackson has started every game and Mathis didn't play any snaps on defense at Syracuse. In fact, Therran Coleman is listed behind Jackson and Mathis, but he started as a nickel and played a lot of snaps.


Special teams depth chart - Week Seven

Position

Player

Player

Player

Placekicker

Alex Kessman

Jake Scarton

Punter

Ryan Winslow

Kirk Christodoulou

Holder

Ryan Winslow

Ben DiNucci

Long snapper

Cal Adomitis

Nathan Bossory

Kickoff returner

Quadree Henderson

Maurice Ffrench

Punt returner

Quadree Henderson

Avonte Maddox

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