From the sound of things, Pitt has not only added a talented quarterback but a really good person and teammate in quarterback Ricky Town.
After Town made the news official on Twitter, PSN spoke with Ventura C.C. Head Coach Steve Mooshagian to gain some insight in Pitt’s new transfer quarterback.
“Pat Narduzzi is getting a very unselfish, hard working player with a great work ethic, great teammate and someone that all his teammates love,” said Mooshagian. “He’s a very popular player. In fact, he won the coaches’ award in our program for all of those attributes.”
Those are his personal characteristics. What type of quarterback is Pitt getting?
”He’s got a big-time arm with great poise. He’s a player that runs a lot better than people think he does. He’s going to fit very well in a pro style system. He’s been in three different systems do that is going to help him out as well. He’s a student of the game and has everything you want and need in a quarterback.”
Town’s history with Alabama, USC and Arkansas has been well chronicled. I asked Mooshagian how Town is different from when he entered his program.
”He’s having fun again,” Mooshagian said. “we got him to smile and to enjoy the game again. I think he put so much self imposed pressure on himself to live up to those early accolades that he received after his sophomore season in high school which really hurt him more than helped him.
”When Coach Pat and I talked about Ricky, he said his story reminded him a lot of Max Browne’s. Let’s remember, Ricky had been holding the clipboard and running scout team cards. Coming to Ventura allowed him to get game experience again and to play against good competition which in turn allowed him to have fun and enjoy the game once again. He was someone that really hadn’t played much since 2014.”
It’s interesting that one of Mooshagian’s players is heading to Pitt considering his history with the program. Some Pitt fans might remember that Mooshagian was an offensive coordinator under Walt Harris back in 1997-99.
Mooshigian tells PSN that Pitt called him with interest in actually two of his quarterbacks, Town and Jake Constantine, who was a transfer from Boise State. Pitt liked them both and had them as their top two transfer targets but when Pitt found out Constantine suffered an ACL injury and wouldn’t be ready during the spring, they set their sights on Town.
“From a big picture standpoint and with knowing what Coach Narduzzi and Coach Watson are doing offensively, Pitt is always going to have great running backs,” Mooshagian said. “When I was there, we had Kevan Barlow and Billy West to James Conner last year. It’s a program that’s going to take a very unselfish quarterback that’s going to spend some time handing the ball off, running play-action and some boot legs. Ricky fits that mold very well, is going to do what he’s coached to do and why I feel he’ll be a good fit for that program.”
Finally, I asked Mooshigian what Town said to him after letting him know about his decision and visit to Pittsburgh.
“He loved the coaches and loved the town,” Mooshagian said. “When he landed in Pittsburgh, I gave him a little hint. You’re going to land and think you’re in the middle of nowhere but when you come through the tunnel it’s one of the greatest pictures in your mind that you can imagine. Then about a half hour later he texted me back and said you were right what a beautiful place.
“This is just a blessing for Ricky and something that I believe will be a really good fit.”