It took a while, but Phil Jurkovec is officially a quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh.
Jurkovec officially signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning, after verbally committing to Pitt on Dec. 5, and he’s now officially the frontrunner to enter next season as the starting quarterback.
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) December 21, 2022
Jurkovec committed to Notre Dame out of Pine-Richland, after one of the best careers ever seen by a quarterback from western Pennsylvania, but he transferred to Boston College after two seasons of little playing time.
In three seasons at Boston College, Jurkovec completed 404-of-679 passing attempts (59.5%) for 5,183 yards with 35 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. And he added 429 yards and nine touchdowns on 195 attempts.
His debut season at Boston College, with Frank Cignetti Jr. as his offensive coordinator, Jurkovec completed 61% of his pass attempts for 2,558 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions — adding 150 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
“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 last July. “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.”
Jurkovec isn’t the pure passer that even Slovis is, but he’s a gritty, strong-armed quarterback with the ability to extend plays using his legs — if given the chance. His history of injuries over the last two seasons isn’t encouraging, but he will play for a stronger offensive line at Pitt.
While Pitt’s coaching staff has said that Jurkovec will have to earn the starting job in open competition, the hometown hero is officially back in town to lead Pitt’s offense in 2023 — if he can win the quarterback competition.