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Narduzzi: Pickett Questionable vs. Notre Dame, ‘For Sure’ Will Return vs. FSU Nov. 7

Narduzzi: Pickett Questionable vs. Notre Dame, ‘For Sure’ Will Return vs. FSU Nov. 7

Kenny Pickett’s status for next week’s game against Notre Dame remains in question, but Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi feels confident that the Panthers’ starting quarterback will be able to return when Pitt come back from its off week in November.

“We expect Kenny to be back ASAP,” Narduzzi said. “Will he be back this weekend? I don’t know. There’s a chance and, I certainly hope after the open weekend, for sure.”

Pitt hosts No. 4 Notre Dame on Oct. 24 before its idle week the following weekend.

Pickett did not travel to Miami with the Panthers on Saturday, despite Narduzzi saying “I feel good with where he is right now” on Thursday.

Narduzzi admitted on Saturday that he knew early in the week that Pickett would not be able to play and that Joey Yellen took “75% of the reps with the ones” during practice this week.

“I knew earlier in the week, guys,” Narduzzi said. “I obviously didn’t want Miami to know. I wanted them to have to prepare for whatever. Maybe they had a clue. But we knew earlier in the week.”

Narduzzi declined to address whether or not Pickett’s injury required surgery.

“I’m not going to get into what he what he’s got or what he did,” he said. “It’s not what we do. “

Narduzzi said that Pitt planned on giving Davis Beville a series, which came on Pitt’s third offensive drive of the game, but other than that, Yellen appears to have the reins until Pickett returns from his injury, whenever that may be.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Tom DiPasquale
Tom DiPasquale
8 days ago

While Yellen didn’t play poorly, he certainly didn’t light the world on fire. I don’t know why Nick Patti doesn’t get a look. Or why they picked Yellen over Beville. Who knows how Narduzzi evaluates and what he sees or looks for, but I have no faith that he ever makes the right choice when it comes to transfers. He always favors the transfers. Narduzzi is an idiot.

Frank James
Frank James
8 days ago

Awful offensive line, which takes a bad running back room to terrible. Throw in another year of non-existent Tight Ends (with no talent in site) and you force Pitt into a one dimensional “passing” team, which is mostly Pickett running for his life, leading to injury. Addison is now the only weapon and no longer flying under the radar. Notre Dame and others will probably double him and make someone else beat them. Defense gives up over 30 points again. Narduzzi and whole staff need to go. Not sure if 4 wins will even happen now?

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
8 days ago
Reply to  Frank James

Moraga played well. I think he can be a reliable target.

Let's Believe
Let's Believe
8 days ago
Reply to  Frank James

Although Narduzzi puts his foot in his mouth quite often and really wish he would learn and stop doing that, can we look at where the focus really should be? Whipple/Borbely. Vincent Davis= a 3rd down, change of pace rb. Somehow Whipple interprets that as a “lead back/workhorse.” Well, would someone show this to Whipple and while they’re at it Borbely. Each ACC team, their current lead back, along with their size and yards per carry: Pitt: V. Davis 5’8 175. 2.8 ypc Clemson: Etienne 5’10 205. 6.5 ypc. ND: Williams 5’9 195. 6.7 ypc Unc: Carter 5’8 199. 8.4… Read more »

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