Ford had three picks and 45 tackles for the Panthers.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh’s attempt to salvage what has become a disappointing college football season won’t include safety Paris Ford.

Coach Pat Narduzzi says Ford, a redshirt junior, has opted out of the Panthers’ final four games.

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Ford had three picks and 45 tackles for the Panthers, who have dropped four straight following a 3-0 start heading into a visit to Florida State.

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Ford’s is the second high-profile departure for Pitt’s defense.

Defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman, an All-American in 2019, decided over the summer to take the season off and prepare for the NFL draft.

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