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Pitt RB Graham to undergo season-ending surgery

Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 3:17 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: As feared, Graham will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right knee. The junior running back finishes the season with 958 yards on 164 carries and nine touchdowns. The Panthers will turn to Zach Brown as his full-time replacement. The senior from Royal Palm Beach, Fla. has seen action as a backup for the last four seasons. Brown's most productive season was his freshman campaign in 2007, picking up 568 yards and five touchdowns in relief action. In six games Brown has totaled 129 yards rushing and 136 yards receiving in 2011.

may be struggling to get their offense going on Saturdays, but their weeknight primetime showings have been the exact opposite. The Panthers moved the ball easily on the Connecticut defense, on the way to a 35-20 win. Unfortunately, the Panthers may be forced to build on the victory without their star running back.

Ray Graham suffered a right knee injury on the second drive of the first quarter. Replay showed Graham clutching his knee on the way to the ground, and he was taken into the locker room on the medical cart with his knee iced. No further details have been provided, but the outlook is not hopeful for the breakout running back.

Graham entered the game as the nation's second-leading rusher, averaging 135.0 yards per game. In the midst of Tino Sunseri and Trey Anderson both struggling to get the offense going this season, Graham has been the lone highlight for the Panthers. Head coach Todd Graham should be encouraged by Sunseri's reaction to the loss of the team's primary producer. The junior threw for a career-high 419 yards and added 40 yards on the ground in a three touchdown performance.

After a sluggish start, the win puts the Panthers at 2-1 in conference play. If the defense can maintain the level of quarterback pressure they showed on Wednesday, and Sunseri can limit turnovers Pittsburgh has a legitimate shot at the Big East title. Cincinnati - the league's only unbeaten team - plays their next game in Pittsburgh. A victory over the Bearcats would move them into at least a tie for first place. But they will likely have to take on that challenge without Ray Graham in the backfield.

Keep here at the Eye on College Football for more on Graham's injury as it develops.

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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:39 pm

Pitt RB Graham to undergo season-ending surgery

Sux to see Ray go down like that. Hope you have a speedy recovery man. Lebron's right, Ray's a beast.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:45 pm

Pitt RB Graham to undergo season-ending surgery

I hate to see any player get injured. Best of luck in your recovery, Ray.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:16 pm

Pitt RB Graham to undergo season-ending surgery

First off get over yourself when talking about Rutgers. They have been much improved and are no where near they joke they were 10 years ago. Second, this sucks.

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:24 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:06 am

Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham suffers knee injury

The injury to Graham is the death knell on Pitt's long debacle ridden, season.  This squad was fairly strong to begin with but the multitude of coaching changes, the forcing in of new systems, and numerous key injuries was and is too much to overcome.  The losses to Iowa, ND, and Utah were shattering but the loss to JUCO Rutgers was nothing short of horrific.  This season is over for the Panthers despite being in a weaker than weak conference. Thank God, basketball is on the near horizon and this should give Pitt a chance to redeem themselves. 

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:35 am

Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham suffers knee injury

I agree. The way it looked when they first showed his leg, I thought it was broken. After seeing the replay it really looked like the ACL type of move that I've seen before with others who has hurt their knee. I hope not, but most likely. 

If he is out, that just ends all hope with this team doing anything worth watching. Tino is so inconsistent it's unreal. I also think the surrounding players are just as bad except number 87 the tight end Mike Shanahan. H
e really puts out an effort every game. The others show up when ever. The receivers drop the balls when Tino does get it to them. I have to admit they look suprised it reached them. The D line run past QB's they have a chance to sack,...ect.

I'm so disappointed with this team! The only thing I was enjoying is Graham's running. Man, what a shame! The recruiting class looks good, but the coaches make just as many mistakes as this inconsistent team, if not more! That really puts a damper on what I can look forward to. Man, I just don't know.    

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:58 am

Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham suffers knee injury

I don't think that Pitt had a chance to win the conference this season - sure, mathematically they do...but new offense, defense, coaching staff, philosophies, etc.   Without Ray chance.

MRI today...have to think it's an ACL / MCL by the way he grabbed at his knee.  Too bad...hate to see that happen to any athlete.


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