The path to fixing Pitt’s passing attack will be even more difficult as Jaden Bradley has announced his exit from the program.
Bradley, a redshirt freshman from DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, announced via Twitter Monday night that he has entered the transfer portal. While he will remain enrolled at Pitt this semester in order to pursue his academics, he will not be a part of the football program.
— Jaden G Bradley (@JadenBradleyyy) October 17, 2022
“After long and careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal,” Bradley wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and the Pittsburgh family for your unwavering support during the last 2 seasons.
“As difficult a personal decision this is, I will remain enrolled in classes throughout the remainder of the semester, and intend to pursue my academic and athletic career. I wish you all the best as I begin my new & exciting journey.”
Bradley has recorded 19 receptions for 259 yards (13.6 average) and two touchdowns during his season and a half at Pitt. He recorded 10 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns this season — his two touchdowns coming against Virginia Tech.
Bradley’s decision to enter the transfer portal is a surprise considering his youth and the expectation placed upon him by the coaching staff during his short tenure in Pittsburgh.
With Bradley’s exit, Pitt will rely even more heavily upon Jared Wayne, Konata Mumpfield and Bub Means. Bradley has consistently earned snaps this season but hasn’t always taken advantage of his snaps or been targeted.
It’s a tough break for the future of Pitt’s wide receiving corps, but it does open the door for younger options to emerge during the second half of Pitt’s schedule.