A plethora of Pitt seniors will be honored at Acrisure Stadium for Senior Day, but Kedon Slovis will not be one of them. He told Pat Narduzzi that he will not be walking.
“That’s just more so because not all my family can be there,” Slovis said Tuesday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. “Doesn’t mean anything for future decisions. If I were gonna do that, I’d want all of my family to be there. Not just a few members.”
Slovis, a transfer from USC in the midst of an erratic senior season at Pitt, has the option to return for another collegiate season.
And while he has discussed the matter with Narduzzi with Senior Day approaching, beginning early talks about the decision-making process and the information needed to make a decision about his future, he said that his focus right now is on Pitt’s final two games.
Pitt will host Duke this weekend before traveling to Miami for the regular season finale, followed by an undetermined bowl game, and it will be imperative for Slovis and the passing attack to string together some consistent performances through the air — a feat that hasn’t been a regular occurrence this season.
Slovis has completed a career-low 59.2% of his pass attempts this season for 1,945 yards with just six touchdowns and six interceptions. He missed the second half of the Tennessee and the Western Michigan games with a concussion, but he said the injury hasn’t impacted him physically or mentally. It’s mainly affected the flow of the offense this season.
The offensive flow has been very inconsistent outside of Israel Abanikanda all season, and the potential for a second year at Pitt — another season to put the pieces together — is a factor Slovis is considering.
Another full offseason to integrate even more completely into Frank Cignetti Jr.’s offense has been an key point Slovis and Narduzzi have discussed. A second key point has been the potential decisions of his offensive teammates — players like Israel Abanikanda, Jared Wayne and Gavin Batholomew.
“Yeah, it’s a big part of it,” Slovis said. “It’s part of the decision-making process, but again, you’re not gonna know what everyone’s doing until after the season, so I kinda told coach, ‘I’m not sure yet.’ He’s not sure yet what people have to say and information, so we’ll hit it when we go and make a decision at the end of the year.”
As of now, there isn’t truly a lock for any of the quarterbacks on Pitt’s roster to return next season. Derek Kyler will have exhausted his eligibility after the season, Slovis and Nick Patti both have the ability to exercise COVID seasons and Nate Yarnell’s future — while likely at Pitt — is uncertain.
Even if Slovis does return next season, Pitt will very likely dip back into the transfer portal to supplement the room.