A name that just entered the NCAA transfer portal will no doubt get the rumor mill buzzing in Pittsburgh.
Former Pine-Richland and Notre Dame and more recently Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec announced on Friday his intentions to leave Boston College.
The obvious connection will be made between Jurkovec and current Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr.
The pair had a lot of success in 2020 when Jurkovec decided to transfer to Boston College from Notre Dame. Jurkovec had his best year in college by completing 205 of 335 passes (61%) for 2,558 yards, 17 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. In an injury marred 2021 season, Jurkovec was 52 of 96 for 914 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Jurkovec had this to say about Cignetti following the first year in his system.
”Coach Cignetti has been great. What he brings to us is NFL scheme, really an NFL style, which I think makes us a little bit different than every other team in the ACC,” Jurkovec said. “With that comes a learning process, so that’s taken some time for us. But now that we’re in year two, he’s really guiding us, and we’re feeling a lot more comfortable with it.”
The question now is what direction will Pat Narduzzi and Cignetti want to take?
Kedon Slovis has the option to return and assuming he wanted to, all signs were pointing towards Pitt wanting to give him another year in Cignetti’s offense.
Will the availability of the talented Jurkovec and the fact that he’s familiar with Cignetti’s system change things?
One thing to keep in mind though, it’s one thing for Pitt to have interest in Jurkovec but in the end, he has to feel the same way.
At this point, it’s going to all be speculation until the Slovis and Jurkovec decide on their next move.