PITTSBURGH -- Pitt freshman offensive lineman Chris Jacobson
will have surgery to repair a dislocated knee cap, an injury that
could force him to miss the entire season.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Jacobson, a left guard from Pittsburgh's
Keystone Oaks High School, was considered one of Pitt's top
recruits. He was challenging for a starting job, a rarity for a
"It's just an unfortunate thing," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt
said Monday. "We'll see what happens. We'll try to get him back as
quickly as we can. Nothing will be decided on how long he's out
until after the surgery, and that should take place next week.
We're still working through that."
Jacobson was hurt during drills that took place before a
scrimmage on Saturday. Even if he misses the season, he can still
play four college seasons.
"It was a pass rush drill and he got twisted around,"
Wannstedt said. "His knee twisted. He was wearing his brace, but
it was the kneecap and not a ligament."
Jacobson's knee injury is the second involving an important
Panthers player during training camp. Wide receiver Derek Kinder,
an all-Big East first team pick last season, tore a knee ligament
on the first full day of camp and will sit out the season.
Jacobson was considered one of the nation's top high school
offensive linemen last season.