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.
Kyler set career records in completion percentage (.693) and passing efficiency (164.55) for both Dartmouth and Ivy League Football. A Bushnell Cup Finalist and 2-time Ivy League Champion, Kyler has etched his name into Dartmouth Football’s history books! pic.twitter.com/eg84MSmLbR
— Dartmouth Football (@DartFootball) May 18, 2022
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.