By Matt Popchock

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Sixth-year offensive lineman Chris Jacobson is no stranger to the pageantry of Senior Day, nor its importance to how another adverse season for the Panthers will end.

“This is my third one, you know,” he said, lightheartedly referring to Saturday’s festivities, which culminate at noon when the Panthers (1-4, 4-6) host No. 21 Rutgers (5-0, 9-1) at Heinz Field.

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Despite all the missed opportunities, Jacobson’s senior class still has one more. If Pitt wins, then handles business at struggling South Florida, it will sneak into bowl season for the fifth time in his action-packed college career.

Furthermore, Jacobson promises he has no regrets about the path that career has taken.

“There’s a lot of memories I have here, good and bad ones, but, mainly, just going out with these seniors. It’s definitely an emotional day, and I’m excited to get this game in,” he said after practice on the South Side Tuesday. “I don’t regret anything. I’m blessed to be here another year, and this was another great coaching staff I got to encounter. I made great connections, earned a great degree at the university, and I’m going to get another one in a little bit.”

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Jacobson says that staff has started to enact the culture change Paul Chryst spoke about recently.

“You have to buy into what he says. It’s put up or shut up. Whenever [offensive line] Coach [Jim] Huber tells me to do this, I’m going to do it. It’s about being coachable, and that’s how players have to approach everything.”

He also talked about what makes the Scarlet Knights, the Big East front-runner, so tough defensively, how he feels about not playing West Virginia this post-Thanksgiving weekend…and waxed poetic about his final home game:

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Coverage begins 9:00 A.M. Saturday with Panther Preview with Gregg Giannotti on your flagship home of Pitt football, SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan.