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Pitt Hosting Veteran Ivy League QB Derek Kyler

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With USC transfer Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti already in place at Pitt, still in the midst of an ongoing quarterback competition to determine Week 1’s starter against West Virginia on Sept. 1, Pitt is in good shape at quarterback.

However, with Joey Yellen and Davis Beville exiting the program this spring, it has left the depth behind the pair a little thin. And as first reported by Panther-Lair’s Chris Peak, Pitt is hosting veteran former Dartmouth quarterback Derek Kyler today.

Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed that Kyler, a multi-year starter at Dartmouth after enrolling in 2017, is being looked at as a depth option for Pitt to use a potential No. 3 quarterback this season — the role that Beville filled last season and Yellen would’ve filled if he hadn’t entered the transfer portal.

With Nate Yarnell as the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster, coming off a true freshman season in which he did not see the field, Kyler would be an experienced, veteran option that could fill in in a pinch and also help mentor the other players in the room.

In three seasons starting for Dartmouth, Kyler was very, very efficent. The 6-foot, 180-pound signal-caller from DeKalb, Illinois threw for 4,409 yards and 42 touchdowns (to just six interceptions) on 362-of-522 passing attempts. He also added 380 yards and three touchdowns on 119 rushing attempts.

As a senior starter at Dartmouth in 2021, coming off a COVID-canceled season in 2020, Kyler threw for 1,972 yards and 17 touchdowns (with just one interception) on 169-of-239 passing attempts to lead the 9-1 Big Green squad to an Ivy League title.

With one season of eligibility remaining in college football, Kyler would potentially help bridge the gap between the Pitt quarterbacks on the roster now and the likes of Yarnell and 2023 four-star quarterback commit Kenny Minchey in the future.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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SRS
SRS
25 days ago

QB3… perhaps QB2 if Patti does not like the August Camp Starter outcome and Portals out.

Eli
Eli
25 days ago
Reply to  SRS

Yeah, I suspect this means Patti is gonzo if he doesn’t win the starting job (which he very well might not).

SRS
SRS
25 days ago

On second thought his Hand size looks a little on the Small side, probably would not finish Higher than 3rd in Heisman with that small of Hand and a glove (or get picked no higher than 20th in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft) …

Last edited 25 days ago by SRS
Krackerjack Kid
Krackerjack Kid
25 days ago

Interesting development. But how is it that a person Ingram like Pitt isn’t able to attract and secure any depth at QB?

In addition, while programs are able to sign multiple 4-star QBs, Pitt can’t seem to sign any?

It’s been proven that Pitt can develop talent, so where is that next truly good QB?

H2P

Krackerjack Kid
Krackerjack Kid
25 days ago

That’s “program”, not “person Ingram”!

What the hell.

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