You never want to be the guy to follow up the guy. For better or worse, that task — and much of Kenny Pickett’s offensive personnel — fell to Kedon Slovis. And it didn’t work.
Sources: Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis intends to enter the NCAA transfer portal. pic.twitter.com/KD56xWsA1w
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 5, 2022
Pitt went 8-4 with Slovis under center, and even with a chance to win nine games this season, it’s felt like a disappointment. He was supposed to hit his stride and showcase the natural arm talent he displayed at USC. Each week was supposed to be the week.
It just never materialized. Instead of wondering if Pitt’s passing attack was finally going to break out on any given week, Slovis’ expectation devolved into just being able to do enough not to lose a football game.
The relationship between Pitt and Slovis didn’t work out, and he’s entered the transfer portal for the second time in two seasons — officially leaving Pitt.
Slovis was expected to use a season in Pittsburgh as a way to rehab his NFL Draft stock with a strong season. That turned into the hope that a second season at Pitt with Frank Cignetti Jr. would go more smoothly than the first — especially as Pat Narduzzi showed signs of wanting him back.
Slovis threw for 2,397 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games this season, completing 184-of-315 passing attempts (58.4%) with nine interceptions. It was the worst season of Slovis’ college career.
In five games this season, Slovis didn’t throw a touchdown pass. He threw an interception in seven games this season. His completion percentage tanked eight points from his previous worst — nearly 13 points from his previous best.
Pitt’s offense, outside of the rushing attack led by Abanikanda, didn’t click. The wide receivers and tight ends didn’t flash any sort of chemistry with Slovis, and the prevailing message each week was that it takes time to develop chemistry and rapport.
Well, I guess no one will know for sure how much time it would’ve taken for Slovis to fully integrate into the offense.
Frank Cignetti Jr. will now start anew with a Pitt quarterback, but it likely will not be from scratch though. Nick Patti and Nate Yarnell are the only scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster, and it remains uncertain whether or not Patti will return.
Pitt will replace Slovis as it did with Pickett, a transfer portal addition.