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Pitt looks to grad transfer from Michigan for help on offensive line

Jerry DiPaola

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has returned to the graduate transfer pool for the third consecutive year in an attempt to fortify his offensive line.

Nolan Ulizio, who played at Michigan the past four seasons, posted Sunday on Twitter his intention to play his final season of eligibility at Pitt.

He played in 17 games at Michigan, including six starts at right tackle. During the 2018 season, he played left guard in one game and left tackle in three, including the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 29.

Narduzzi is undertaking a major rebuilding job on the offensive line after losing four senior starters. The only returning starter is center Jimmy Morrissey, who missed the final three games with a leg injury. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The hope is that Ulizio can win a job on the line, or at least provide competition and an experienced hand.

One of the departing seniors is former left tackle Stefano Millin, a transfer from Kent State, who spent one season at Pitt. Guard Brandon Hodges played for Pitt in 2017 after transferring from Texas.

Ulizio, 6-foot-5, 291 pounds, was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com in 2015 at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. He had scholarship offers from Michigan, Pitt, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Duquesne, Robert Morris and six other schools, according to Rivals.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at [email protected] or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.