Panthers brace for UNC’s record-breaking return man |

Panthers brace for UNC’s record-breaking return man

Sophomore safety Terrish Webb’s season-ending ankle surgery may weaken Pitt’s special teams at a most inopportune time.

Webb hurt his ankle Oct. 25 against Georgia Tech and missed the overtime loss to Duke in which Pitt allowed its only touchdown this season on a return — 99 yards by DeVon Edwards on a fourth-quarter kickoff.

Chryst said the surgery was unavoidable.

Next up Saturday is North Carolina All-American Ryan Switzer, who tied an NCAA record and set an ACC mark last season with five punt returns for touchdowns, including two in a 34-27 loss to Pitt. Switzer hasn’t scored this season, and has fallen to ninth in the ACC with a 5.2-yard average.

Chryst said wide receiver Manasseh Garner (foot) and backup defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett (foot) are feeling better, but he didn’t commit to their return.

— Jerry DiPaola

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