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Big Quarterback Names Emerging from the Transfer Portal as Possibilities for Pitt

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The question at first was will Pitt be looking to bring in a transfer quarterback to compete next season to replace Kenny Pickett.

Now, it is sounding as if the better question is which quarterback will that be?

Over the weekend, a couple more names have surfaced in Pitt’s apparent search for a quarterback to add to their 2022 roster.

The original name to surface was Florida State transfer Chubba Purdy, who in fact took an official visit to Pitt last weekend.

Since that visit, things have been quiet as Purdy has kept details and future plans quiet.

Over the weekend, two new names surfaced with players from high profile programs. The big difference between these players and Purdy is the in-game experience that they’d bring.

The second name to be reported was Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada.

Barstool Texas A&M reported on Saturday that “Zach Calzada will transfer to Pitt via the NCAA Transfer Portal.”

Pittsburgh Sports Now has reached out to Calzada multiple times but haven’t gotten a response.

Calzada (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) started the season as the backup to redshirt freshman Haynes King but that changed two games into the season as King suffered a season ending injury.

Calzada went on to start the final 10 games, the highlight of which was a 41-38 win over No. 1 Alabama. In that game, Calzada threw for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns. For the season, he threw for 2,185 yards, 17 touchdowns with a 56.3 completion percentage.

The native of Buford, Georgia was a member of Texas A&M’s Class of 2019 and would have three seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

The other interesting nugget comes from Chris Peak of Panther-lair, who reports that Calzada has recently made an unofficial visit to Pitt. Because it’s the dead period, he wasn’t able to be hosted by the Pitt coaches but he toured the campus and city on his own.

The third name to be thrown around is one that’s getting some steam and that’s USC transfer Kedon Slovis.

Like with Calzada, a Barstool writer is saying Slovis will transfer to Pitt.

Slovis has a similar background to Calzada as he got an opportunity due to an injury. Back in 2019 as a true freshman, he stepped in for an injured JT Daniels and went on to throw for 3,502 yards, 30 touchdowns and was named PAC-12 Freshman of the Year.

During last season’s COVID year, in 6 games, Slovis passed for 1,921 yards, 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. That performance got him named to the PAC-12 First Team.

Despite that success, Slovis fell into a quarterback rotation this season with freshman Jaxon Dart and finished 2021 with 2,153 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Following the season, Slovis announced that he intended to transfer from USC. Slovis would have two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

One other interesting note about Slovis is that he has a familiarity with Pittsburgh and Pitt’s campus because he reportedly dates Pitt women’s soccer player Kate McCay.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Eli
Eli
1 month ago

Does bringing in a transfer signal they don’t have much confidence in any of Patti, Beville, and Yellen? If so….geez.

TJ
TJ
1 month ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if one of them or none of them make it to Pitt. If it is the former, I’ve got to believe Yellen or Beville leaves.

TMG
TMG
1 month ago

COMPETITION! Nothing wrong with upgrading QB talent. Downside is 1 possibly 2 in the Current QB stable will be out Entering the portal.

And Round we go. Winning has advantages and on a personnel level, disadvantages.

Anything to upgrade the competition is a good thing for the program IMO.

Bring It!

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  TMG

Amen!!! H2P!!!

Pitt Fan in White Oak
Pitt Fan in White Oak
1 month ago

These are good transfer candidates because they have multiple years of eligibility remaining. Even if Patti isn’t beat out, the transfer would either figure to start in 2023 or transfer out because Beville/Yarnell are better.

Nonya
Nonya
1 month ago

I’d would welcome a QB that beat Alabama

Katura Cassells
Katura Cassells
1 month ago

Beville is as good as any of these transfers they are considering. Getting Purdy would give Pitt two good starters.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago

Laughable. In 3 years, Slovis has thrown for 7,576 yards & 58 TD’s. This season Calzada threw for 2,185 yards & 17 TD’s. For his career Beville has thrown for 88 yards & 0 TD’s.

Duquesne WBB

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