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Pitt running back Chawntez Moss no longer with team

Jerry DiPaola
| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Pitt's Chawntez Moss steps through the tackle attempt by Rice'sBrandon  Douglas-Dotson in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt's Chawntez Moss steps through the tackle attempt by Rice'sBrandon Douglas-Dotson in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Heinz Field.

Running back Chawntez Moss, who was suspended by Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi before the sixth game of the season and carried only once after that, said Monday morning via text message he won't be returning in 2018. A team spokesman said Moss was dismissed.

Moss, a sophomore, started training camp as an important part of the mix at running back. He didn't play in the opener, but he gained a season-high 46 yards in the next game against Penn State and led all Pitt rushers the following week with 36 yards against Oklahoma State.

In his last full game Sept. 30, he started and scored two touchdowns in the victory against Rice.

At one time, Pitt's coaching staff had high hopes for Moss.

Following his early graduation from Bedford (Ohio) High School, he enrolled at Pitt in January 2016, and participated in spring drills. That season, he gained 227 yards and scored a touchdown in 42 carries (5.4 average) as the leading backup to James Conner.

He finished this season with 116 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries and five receptions for 71 yards and a score.

Moss was rated a three-star high school prospect by Rivals.com in 2016 and was the only running back in Pitt's class that year. Pitt recruited running backs A.J. Davis and Todd Sibley this year. Davis played sparingly, and Sibley was redshirted.

Veteran backs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison, who combined to rush for 1,026 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, have one year of eligibility remaining.

Pitt has no verbal commitments from running backs in its 13-man 2018 recruiting class.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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