Joey Yellen is expected to start at quarterback once again when Pitt hosts No. 3 Notre Dame this Saturday at Heinz Field, Pat Narduzzi said on Monday.
Yellen, a redshirt freshman in his first season at Pitt, made his first start with the Panthers and the second of his career on Saturday in Pitt’s loss to Miami, while regular starter Kenny Pickett did not make the trip to Florida.
Narduzzi said after the game that there was a chance Pickett could return in time to face the Irish, and that he would certainly be ready to play when Pitt comes back from its off week to visit Florida State on Nov. 7.
But on Monday, he committed to Yellen being the starter, saying “right now I do” when asked if he’s going into the week assuming Yellen will get the nod. Fellow redshirt freshman Davis Beville also got some snaps at quarterback against the Hurricanes.
“We’re going to go in like we normally do,” Narduzzi said. “A lot of confidence in Davis. Liked what I saw with Joey. Coach [Mark] Whipple did as well. We missed a couple throws. I love his patience in the pocket. …
“Those guys are going to get better every week as we move on and then we’ll see where Kenny is. We didn’t travel Kenny because it was the best thing for him to just rehab. Sitting on a plane for two hours, the swelling and all that stuff, was not going to be the best thing for him. We wanted to bring Captain Pickett with us, but it was the best thing to leave him here, which he made a lot of headway over the weekend instead of standing four hours during the game.”
But Narduzzi cautioned that he could change his mind on all of that between his Monday press conference and kickoff of Saturday.
“We’ll see how they practice this week as far as the quarterbacks,” he said.