Pitt freshman cornerback Jordan Whitehead from Central Valley High School was named ACC Conference Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Whitehead was the leading tackler for the Panthers (Courier Photo/William McBride/File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi on Friday dismissed defensive end Rori Blair and suspended offensive tackle Alex Bookser, linebacker Quintin Wirginis and safety Jordan Whitehead for rules violations, less than a week before the team begins fall practice.

Narduzzi said Blair, a senior, was kicked off the team for “conduct detrimental to the program.” Blair collected 3½ sacks last season for the Panthers.

Whitehead and Wirginis will sit out Pitt’s first three games for a violation of team policy. Bookser will miss the Sept. 2 opener against Youngstown State after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in May.

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