Has Pitt Football Found Their Next Quarterback?

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When I woke up on this fine Monday morning after a long weekend of Pittsburgh sports, I certainly wasn't expecting to be writing about Pitt football.  Pitt basketball had a huge upset victory against St. John's at the buzzer, the Steelers won a must-win game in what was most likely one of Ben Roethlisberger's last home games, and the Penguins had two big victories as they continue to get back on track.  Yet, this news caught my attention more than all of that.

Reports coming out this morning are saying that former University of Southern California quarterback Kedon Slovis will be announcing some time this week that he is transferring to Pitt.  Slovis entered the transfer portal last week, not long after USC hired former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.

A junior this year, Slovis has two years of eligibility remaining.  As a freshman in 2019, he had a stellar year after then-starting quarterback J.T. Daniels was lost for the year due to injury.  Slovis stepped in admirably, throwing for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns, with only nine interceptions.  After starting 2021 as a Heisman Trophy candidate, a battle with injuries and dip in play led to freshman Jaxson Dart getting playing time over him.  This, and the head coach switch, led to his decision to enter the transfer portal.

Pitt makes perfect sense for him as a landing spot for a few reasons.  As we've seen with Kenny Pickett over the years, Pitt's offensive approach under coach Pat Narduzzi has been through the air and Slovis has the abilities to continue to carry this out.  In high school and at USC, he proved that he was a very capable passer and as such, he would slide in perfectly as Pickett's replacement.  Also, Slovis is dating Pitt soccer player Kate McKay, so it makes a lot of sense that Pitt would be a desired landing spot for him.

All of us Pitt fans were nervous what the future of the football program would look like after Pickett left and these reports now have me excited for it.  Obviously nothing is official yet, but Slovis would be a great successor to Pickett and would allow the program to continue to forge forward.  Pitt football was put on the national landscape this year, and landing Slovis in the transfer portal would be huge for this team to continue the success that we saw in 2021.

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