Pitt loses starting lineman to season-ending injury

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If Pittsburgh hopes to rebound from their come-from-ahead loss to Iowa last weekend, they’re going to have to do so without the services of one of their most experienced offensive linemen.

The Panthers announced Friday evening that starting left guard Chris Jacobson will miss the remainder of the 2011 season with an unspecified injury to his left knee.  Jacobson suffered the injury in the loss to Iowa Saturday.

Because he suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during summer camp in 2007, Jacobson will petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver and a sixth season of eligibility.

“Chris Jacobson is one of the most respected people in our program and I know every player and coach feels disappointment for him that he’ll miss the rest of the year,” Pitt coach Todd Graham said in a statement. “Fortunately, we feel optimistic about his chances to receive a sixth year from the NCAA.”

Jacobson has started 17 straight games, including the first three this season.  He is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt sophomore Cory King.