Bub Means was expected to be deemed eligible ahead of the 2022 season after transferring from Louisiana Tech, and now that’s been confirmed.
Pittsburgh Sports Now reported Tuesday that all signs pointed to Means being deemed eligible, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Johnny McGonigal confirmed that Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Thursday at the ACC Media Days that Means will be eligible this season.
Pitt receiver Bub Means is eligible for the upcoming season, Pat Narduzzi said. Means transferred over from Louisiana Tech in April after starting his collegiate career at Tennessee. Narduzzi called him a “special” receiver, along with Akron transfer Konata Mumpfield.
— Johnny McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) July 21, 2022
The addition of Means in the wake of Jordan Addison’s exit is a big win for wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood and the wide receiving corps in 2022 — and beyond. With Jared Wayne, Konata Mumpfield, Jaden Bradley, Addison Copeland, Che Nwabuko and Myles Alston, Pitt’s inside and outside pairings should be one of the best in the ACC.
Means has already earned praise since arriving at Pitt this spring, working with the team and building rapport with both Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti. Carter Warren himself, one of the leaders on Pitt’s offense, has been impressed himself.
“Bub Means, I’ve seen him doing 7v7. He’s pretty good, man,” Warren said. “I’m excited to see him on the field.”
Means, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver from Louisiana Tech by way of Tennessee, isn’t certain to see the field for Pitt in 2022. The two-time transfer, who isn’t a graduate transfer, will need a waiver to play in 2022, but he could be a key piece in the offense.
As a big, fast outside receiver in Louisiana Tech’s offense last season, hauling in 430 yards and two touchdowns — both touchdowns coming on receptions of 20 plus yards — on just 22 receptions, Means could benefit as a key outside receiver alongside Wayne and Bradley.
Despite the losses of Addison and Kenny Pickett, Pitt’s offense is well-equipped across the board to be able to score among the best in the ACC in 2022, and Means will be a big part of that.