The Pittsburgh Panthers were dealt a huge blow Monday afternoon, as they announced sophomore wide receiver Tre Tipton has been ruled out for the 2017 season because of a non-football knee injury.
“I know I speak for the entire team in saying we are all disappointed for Tre,” coach Pat Narduzzi said Monday evening, per the Panthers’ official website. “He is an absolutely outstanding young man and teammate. Even though he is unable to play this fall, we know Tre is going to be an invaluable figure in our wide receivers room while he rehabs. That’s the type of person and competitor he is, and he’ll have our fullest support as he works for a full recovery.”
Tipton was expected to compete for a starting job this coming season. At the very least, he was a candidate to be the No. 3 receiver on the Pittsburgh depth chart. The Panthers will now likely have to count upon fellow sophomore Aaron Mathews to be the team’s No. 3 receiver.
In nine games as a redshirt freshman last year, Tipton posted 12 catches for 142 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Panthers also used Tipton in their rushing attacking and picked up 61 yards on 11 carries. A knee injury also cut his true freshman short in 2015, and he received a medical redshirt after playing in only four games.
Big blow for Pitt: WR Tre Tipton will miss the entire season with an injury.
— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) July 10, 2017
Matthews played in 12 games as a true freshman last season, catching six balls for 51 yards.
At this time, it’s unclear exactly how Tipton injured his knee, but there are multiple reports that say he didn’t sustain the injury during football activities.