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Orange’s All-Big East lineman set to return

Antwuan Reed, Ryan Nassib AP

Out for nearly six months with a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the first four games of the season, Justin Pugh is set to make his return to the playing field for Syracuse this weekend.

Pugh’s injury kept him out of the spring game as well as the whole of summer camp.  Thursday, Pugh, who’s been practicing with his teammates, declared himself healthy for this Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh.

“I’ve been waiting six months for this. I’m just ready to get out there and get playing,” Pugh said according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. “I hope I come out there and play great, but we’ll see what happens. I’ve been practicing pretty good. I really feel like I haven’t missed much. I just want to get that first play out of the way and get rolling from there.”

The senior had started 25 straight games at left tackle prior to the upper-body injury, and was named first-team All-Big East following the 2011 season.

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