Former Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis has been doing quite well for BYU in 2023, a contrast to current Pitt quarterback Phil Jurkovec.
Slovis has completed 55 of his 90 passes, 61.1% completion rate, while throwing for 660 yards, six touchdowns and one interception for the Cougars in 2023. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-31 win on the road in a hostile environment against the Arkansas Razorbacks, keeping the Cougars perfect at 3-0.
Slovis transferred in from USC after 2021 and faced a big challenge to take the starting job after Kenny Pickett, who finished as a Heisman finalist and won the ACC Title that season, graduated.
He struggled under Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and took heat from the fan base for much of the season. Slovis had issues working in the pocket, dealing with pressure and creating a rhythm with his wide receivers in 2022.
Slovis played terribly in poor losses, particularly against Louisville, where he threw two ridiculous first half interceptions, and completing just 14 of 31 passes in a loss to North Carolina. Slovis finished with just 10 touchdowns, which included three games he didn’t throw one, to nine interceptions in 2022.
Through two games, Jurkovec, like Slovis, is struggling mightily, which has been a surprise to many.
Jurkovec has completed just 35 of his 75 passes, 46.7%, for four touchdowns and three interceptions. Pitt sits 1-2 after three games this season with losses to rivals in Cincinnati and West Virginia.
If this trend continues, the question has to be asked, has your opinion of Slovis changed? Is the problem Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. and the system he is implementing? Or was Slovis still poor all along, despite his apparent improvement this season?