It may be about 12 hours (14 out in Provo, Utah) until Christmas Day, but the first present has arrived in Prove nonetheless.
Former Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis announced today that he’s committed to BYU, headed back out west for his last season of collegiate eligibility.
Slovis entered the transfer portal on Dec. 5, and Pitt added his replacement in former Notre Dame and Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec — who signed on National Signing Day earlier this week.
I will always be grateful for Coach Narduzzi and the time I got to spend with all of my teammates at the University of Pittsburgh.
I’m excited for this new chapter and can’t wait to get to work. #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/yg0Sa4rXP6
— Kedon Slovis (@Kedonslovis) December 24, 2022
Slovis told Pittsburgh Sports Now earlier this month that the BYU coaching staff visited him in person, and he flew out to Provo, Utah on Dec. 9.
BYU starting quarterback Jarren Hall declared for the NFL Draft Friday, paving the way for Slovis to step into a starting role in a more favorable situation at BYU.
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 — but it ultimately didn’t work out for either side.
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 four college seasons at Pitt and USC, he’s completed 836-of-1,268 pass attempts for 9,973 yards with 68 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. His best season came as a true freshman in 2019, throwing for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Pitt won eight games in 2022, seven with Slovis under center, but it just never seemed to truly click. Narduzzi holds no ill will toward Slovis for deciding to move on, however.
“Everyone’s got decisions to make around the world, and obviously in the football world, but I respect everybody’s decisions,” Narduzzi said. “And obviously, there are conversations back and forth with anybody that’s in that position, and we wish every one of those guys luck.”
Slovis will now have a fresh start at BYU.