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.