Pitt tight end Chris Clark stepping away from program
Tight end Chris Clark has not been taking part in recent Pitt spring practices and is currently away from the program.
"Chris has stepped away right now for personal reasons," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said after Tuesday's session at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. "In talking with his mom and dad, just personally there's some things he's trying to deal with. He's away from the program and our best wishes are for Chris and his family to make it through these tough times."
Clark remains on Pitt's official roster, and Narduzzi did not completely close the door on his return to the team.
"That's something we haven't really discussed," Narduzzi said. "Right now, his well-being is the most important thing."
Clark's absence leaves three tight ends on the Pitt roster that combine for one season, nine games and one catch of playing experience—all by true sophomore Tyler Sear.
All three of the tight ends participating in Pitt spring practice were members of the 2017 incoming recruiting class: Sear (Neshannock High School), Grant Carrigan (Pine-Richland) and Charles Reeves (Steubenville, Ohio). Carrigan and Reeves redshirted last season.
"Those are three very talented guys," Narduzzi said. "Tyler Sear, Charles Reeves, and Grant Carrigan are three very talented guys that are all going to play for us next year, period. It's not like we're saying these two are really good and this one not quite ready; all three of them do things. Carrigan is probably the best blocker at this point and can still right at 290. Just like Charles can run at 290.
"But they're all doing different things that make you go, 'Wow.' So we'll have an assortment of guys to put in the game."
A former five-star recruit, he played his freshman season at UCLA before transferring to Pitt after he had originally announced his intention to transfer to Syracuse.
He had 16 catches for 122 yards and one touchdown in his only playing time for Pitt (2017).
A 6-foot-6, 260-pound native of Ridgewood, N.J., Clark has not been spotted at spring practice for more than a week during the times the media is permitted to view workouts.
Narduzzi did not rule out seeking a veteran graduate transfer tight end before the season begins, but he did downplay that possibility.
"Not really unless something pops out there," Narduzzi said. "We feel good with the three guys we have."
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.