Pitt's Taglianetti out for year

Updated: September 13, 2009, 4:57 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh sophomore starting safety Andrew Taglianetti will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday's 54-27 victory at Buffalo.

Taglianetti, who established himself as a special teams ace last year, earned a starting job during fall camp at free safety. He had four tackles and a fumble recovery in Pitt's first two games.

"Our entire team is very disappointed for Andrew," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said in a statement. "He is an important performer on and off the field for us. The silver lining is he can receive a medical redshirt."

Pitt plays host to Navy on Saturday.

Brian Bennett covers Big East football for ESPN.com.

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