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Notebook: Sallett to make first start for Panthers

| Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004

Pitt defensive end Charles Sallett , 6-foot-0, 225, makes his first career start today for the injured Azzie Beagnyam , who is out indefinitely with ligament tears in his ankle suffered in the 24-17 loss to Nebraska last week. Freshmen Joe Clermond and Kyle Smith are the backups.

  • Right guard John Simonitis , a starter last season, is expected to make his debut today after missing the first two games with an ankle injury.

  • Furman gets a lot of credit for its high-scoring offense (45 points per game), but the defense has been strong through three games, allowing an average of 268 yards. Middle linebacker Mike Killian is the preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year. He's helped the Paladins collect seven total sacks, three shy of last season's total of 10. Killian has 23 tackles and a fumble recovery.

  • If Furman holds to form, Pitt might have a chance to jump to an early lead. The Paladins have committed seven turnovers this season and all have occurred in the first half.

  • The Paladins took a blow when starting right guard Patrick Covington sustained a knee injury last week and will miss today's game. Depth is always a problem when Division I-AA teams face I-A teams, so that should give a boost to the Panthers.

  • After rushing for only 30 yards on 25 attempts against Nebraska, Pitt has an opportunity to regain dominance along the line against Furman. Solid I-A programs often beat I-AA foes with their depth and strength up front. This game will give an indication of how far along Pitt's offensive line is.

  • With a victory today, Pitt would need just four more in the final eight games to become bowl eligible.

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