Pitt starting left guard Chris Jacobson will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury, the school announced Friday night.
Jacobson hurt his knee in the fourth quarter against Iowa last Saturday and is expected to undergo surgery next week. The senior captain will seek a medical hardship waiver and sixth year of eligibility.
This is the second season-ending injury of his collegiate career. He missed all of 2007 with a right knee injury.
“Chris Jacobson is one of the most respected people in our program and I know every player and coach feels disappointment for him that he’ll miss the rest of the year,” Pitt coach Todd Graham said in a statement. “Fortunately, we feel optimistic about his chances to receive a sixth year from the NCAA.”
The news is a big blow to an offensive line that has struggled at times this season. Jacobson is one of the team's best linemen and started all 13 games last season.
Cory King, who has never started a game, is a likely replacement.