Pitt keeps an 'OR' at quarterback

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Pitt's still got an "OR" at quarterback on the depth chart this week, but there's a new name on top and other changes. Here's a rundown of Pitt's latest two-deep.

Offense Depth Chart - Week Five

Position

Player

Player

Player

Quarterback

Ben DiNucci OR

Max Browne

Running back

Qadree Ollison OR

Chawntez Moss

Fullback

George Aston

Tyler Sear


Wide receiver

Jester Weah

Aaron Mathews

Ruben Flowers III

Wide receiver

Quadree Henderson

Rafael Araujo Lopes


Tight end

Matt Flanagan

Chris Clark

Devon Edwards

Left tackle

Brian O'Neill

Tony Pilato

Left guard

Alex Officer

Brandon Hodges

Center

Jimmy Morrissey OR

Connor Dintino

Right guard

Alex Bookser

Brandon Hodges

Right tackle

Jaryd Jones-Smith OR

Alex Bookser

Jerry Drake Jr.

- Pitt stuck with an "OR" at quarterback between Ben DiNucci and Max Browne, but the difference this week is that DiNucci is listed first in the "OR" equation.

- The coaches did add a position to the depth chart this week: fullback, which hasn't appeared on the two-deep since the first official release of the season. And it's even more notable this week, as George Aston is listed as the starting fullback for the first time all season.

Aston was hurt in training camp and missed the first four games of the season, but he was listed as "probable" on the injury report last week. Now he's on the depth chart.

- Interestingly, freshman tight end Tyler Sear is listed as Aston's backup at fullback.

- With adding the fullback, the coaches removed the third receiver spot from this week's two-deep.

- The coaches also made a few adjustments to the listings of the offensive linemen, making Brandon Hodges the backup at both guard spots (last week he was only the backup at right guard). And the coaches added an "OR" at center between Jimmy Morrissey and Connor Dintino.

Defense Depth Chart - Week Five

Position

Player

Player

Player

Defensive end

Dewayne Hendrix OR

Rashad Weaver

Nose tackle

Shane Roy

Kam Carter

Rashad Wheeler

Defensive tackle

Keyshon Camp

Amir Watts

Jaylen Twyman

Defensive end

Allen Edwards

James Folston Jr.

Patrick Jones II

Money linebacker

Elijah Zeise

Jalen Williams

Middle linebacker

Saleem Brightwell

Chase Pine

Elias Reynolds

Star linebacker

Oluwaseun Idowu

Henry Miller

Rimoni Dorsey

Cornerback

Avonte Maddox

Jason Pinnock

Boundary safety

Jordan Whitehead

Dennis Briggs

Phil Campbell

Field safety

Bricen Garner

Damar Hamlin

Jazzee Stocker

Cornerback

Dane Jackson OR

Damarri Mathis

Therran Coleman

- The coaches made no changes up front on the defensive depth chart this week, but there were some adjustments in the back seven.

- For starters, redshirt freshman Henry Miller made the two-deep for the first time in his career this week, showing up as the backup at Star linebacker. That's an indication of a position change the coaches made last week, moving Miller from safety to linebacker. Pat Narduzzi said Monday he thinks Miller can be the starter down the road at that position.

- Miller replaced Anthony McKee, who was previously listed as the backup at Star linebacker but does not appear on this week's depth chart.

- Junior Jordan Whitehead returned from suspension for the Georgia Tech game and started in Atlanta; this week, he is listed as the starting boundary safety.

- For the first four weeks of the season, the coaches listed Bricen Garner and Jazzee Stocker as "OR" starters at field safety; this week, Garner is the sole starter with Damar Hamlin behind him (and ahead of Stocker).

- The coaches also removed Malik Henderson from the two-deep; he was a second backup at cornerback, behind Avonte Maddox and Jason Pinnock.

Special Teams Depth Chart - Week Five

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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