While the Panthers still have one more game left in the 2021 season, Pitt fans are already wondering who will (try to) replace Kenny Pickett as the starting quarterback in 2022.
As it stands now, in-house options are Nick Patti, Davis Beville, Nate Yarnell and Joey Yellen. The other possibility is that Pitt looks to add a player through the ever-growing transfer portal.
Monday night, Pitt identified a transfer as Mark Whipple went to see and extended an offer to former Florida State 4-star recruit Chubba Purdy. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because back in 2019, Whipple offered him a scholarship before he eventually selected the Seminoles program.
Purdy (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) is from Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona and was rated by 247Sports as Top 250 recruit and one of the Top 10 dual threat quarterbacks in the country. During his senior season, Purdy threw for over 3,400 yards and added 36 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,100 yards with 23 touchdowns.
During his true freshman season with Florida State in 2020, Purdy suffered a collarbone injury during camp and wasn’t able to return until November. He started one game and passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns. That injury hampered his offseason leading up to the 2021 season and he wasn’t able to fully compete for the Florida State starting quarterback position. With veterans Jordan Travis and McKenzie Milton, Purdy only played in one game this season and in reserve duty, he went 5 for 5 for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Purdy’s decision to enter the Transfer Portal surprised many at Florida State because he was expected to challenge for the starting job in 2022.
Purdy will have four seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.