Leading up to the first Pitt football game this weekend we’re going to give a rundown of all of the positions. Today we’ll take a look at the offense with the defense coming later in the week.
- Starter: Kenny Pickett
- Backup: Ricky Town
- Depth: Nick Patti, Jeff George, Jr., Tyler Zelinski, Jake Zilinskas, Jake Cortes, Justin Sliwoski
The Panthers are set at Quarterback with the emergence of Kenny Pickett late last season. Pickett has already emerged as something of legendary figure for leading Pitt to their upset win over the Miami Hurricanes last year. His 4th down Touchdown scamper has already even been immortalized on a billboard in Oakland. Pickett has seemingly taken to his prominent position with his teammates expressing great confidence in his leadership and him personally displaying some much-needed swagger. However, he is still relatively inexperienced, with only one official start under his belt, and it remains to be seen how he adjusts now that opponents will have tape on him. Despite the fact that expectations should probably be tempered somewhat, Pitt probably hasn’t had a signal caller so hyped since Tyler Palko.
Backing up Pickett will be Ricky Town, a transfer from Ventura College in California. Town has had a bit of a winding path to Pittsburgh, initially committing to Alabama as a highly touted recruit before de-committing and attending USC. His time there was measured in weeks though as he transferred to Arkansas during his first training camp. Town also never played for the Razorbacks and ended up with the Panthers after spending a season in Junior College. He was brought in with the understanding that he would...
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