Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett is still unable to run on his injured left ankle, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said on Monday, and while Narduzzi did not rule out a return for Pickett this Saturday in Pitt’s game at Florida State, it’s hard to envision the senior passer being able to play in those circumstances.
“Kenny can go out and throw, but he’s not moving his feet right now,” Narduzzi said. “He’s out there watching this week.”
As has been the case since he was injured at Boston College on Oct. 10, Pickett will once again expected to be replaced by redshirt freshman Joey Yellen, who has taken the vast majority of the snaps at quarterback in Pickett’s place.
Pitt has not released any specific details about the nature of Pickett’s injury, per the team’s usual policy. Redshirt freshman Davis Beville and redshirt sophomore Nick Patti have also received some playing time.
Yellen has had mixed results filling in for Pickett in games against Miami and Notre Dame, both of which were Pitt losses. He’s completed just 44.7% of his passes, has thrown three interceptions compared to one touchdown and sports an 85.1 passer rating.
Yellen had much better numbers in 2019 at Arizona State, when he competed 63.6% of his passes and had a 140.3 passer rating for the Sun Devils while making one start against USC.
Yellen was the 247 Composite No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019 coming out of Mission Viejo, California. Beville was the composite No. 22 pro-styler passer in the class while at Greenville, South Carolina,