With the season opener only ten days away, Pitt football practices have now mostly shifted to practicing the game plan that is in place for their matchup with Virginia.
A majority of the reps are going to the players high on the depth chart that will be participating in week one action, which means freshman quarterback Davis Beville is running scout team or watching Kenny Pickett and the other three quarterbacks on the depth chart.
Although the focus has shifted, the former 4-star quarterback from South Carolina has been a full participant for the first two plus weeks of camp and talked to us about what his first college training camp has been like and what to expect from Mark Whipple’s new offense.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been overwhelming but there are some different things for me. Coming out of high school I never took a snap under center, so that was one thing. There are a lot of different motions, a lot of shifts. Starting out, that was stuff I was focusing on but now it’s like a lot more comfortable.”
One plus of being a freshman this year is that Mark Whipple’s offense is new to all the quarterbacks in camp. Pitt’s new-look offense is something that Beville really likes and believes that he can thrive in it.
“I’m very comfortable in it. Everyone has bought in and you can see the work ethic of everyone with it. We’ll all be ready come next Saturday,” said Beville.
“Big plays. We’re going to run the ball, we’re going to throw the ball. It’s going to be mixed but it’s definitely going to be some opportunities to make big plays which is kind of fun.”
Beville arrived at Pitt as a highly touted quarterback that’s used to playing not sitting but he realizes the situation and is going to use this year to learn and prepare himself for when it’s his time as the Panthers starting quarterback.
“It’s not really about the depth chart, it’s about coming out here every day and make your plays. Make the most out of every opportunity you have and try to have a good day. I’m just going to be ready. I’m going to come out here and be prepared and ready to go.”
As far as the Pitt quarterback depth chart goes, Pickett is the obvious starter but who’s behind him is still unsure. When asked yesterday about the backup quarterback, Narduzzi said that hasn’t been determined yet. Redshirt freshman Nick Patti is competing against senior Jeff George Jr. for that spot.