The Pitt football program announced that quarterback Chad Voytik has decided to transfer from the school after graduating this upcoming spring.
Under the NCAA graduate transfer rule, Voytik will be eligible to play immediately next season.
Voytik was simply a victim of a new coaching staff that brought in a different system. After passing for over 2200 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014, Voytik started the season as Pitt’s starter vs Youngstown State. However, after two games, Pat Narduzzi made a change to Nate Peterman and Voytik’s career at Pitt was over.
I’ll say this about Chad Voytik, he handled the demotion with total class. I can guarantee you that not many kids would’ve acted like him. Instead of making waves and problems on the team, Voytik was a team player and did what he could to help the 2015 Pitt team.
In a statement, Narduzzi said, “Chad has been a tremendous leader and teammate during his Pitt career, and certainly during the year I had the opportunity to coach him. We wish him the very best and will help him any way we can as he maps out his future pursuits. We will always consider him a Pitt Man. His contributions have been invaluable to what we are building here.”
Voytik came to Pitt in 2011 from Cleveland (Tenn) as a 4-star recruit. He was recruited to Pitt by Todd Graham and despite the circus that followed, Voytik stuck with his original commitment. Not many college kids would’ve done that either.
The departure of Voytik currently leaves 4 quarterbacks on the 2016 depth chart: Peterman, Adam Bertke, Ben DiNucci, Thomas MacVittie.
I’m expecting Pitt to add another quarterback to this mix for the 2016 class, possibly one with experience. That would make five quarterbacks on the roster, which could be one too many.
UPDATE (5:45 PM):
KDKA TV’s Rich Walsh is reporting that he’s being told that Voytik is considering Memphis, Indiana, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga.