For the first time in three years, Pitt will have a new starting quarterback. One of the guys up for that job is transfer Tom Savage, who will be discussed ad nauseam until the season kicks off. Savage spoke with ESPN's Andrea Adelson recently and discussed the move to the ACC, leaving Arizona's program, and most importantly, trying to win the starting quarterback job:
So why Pitt?
TS: I knew a lot about Coach [Paul] Chryst with my brother being at Wisconsin before. I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me with Tino [Sunseri] being a senior, learning behind him, and then getting an opportunity to play in a pro-style offense.
Now you’re finally getting your opportunity. What has Coach told you about how he foresees the competition with Chad Voytik and Trey Anderson playing out in the spring?
TS: Coach doesn’t have to say much. At the end of the day, it’s competition, and I’m used to it. So we have to go out there and make each other better. At this point in my career, whatever is the best option for the team, that makes me happy.
Certainly, but I’m sure there is a part of you that desperately wants to win the job.
TS: I want to win it extremely badly. I want to go out there and play. I’m going to work as hard as I can to compete and that’s that. If the coach feels I’m the best option, that’s what we’ll do.
I've said it over and over, but I just don't see why Savage would transfer to Pitt if he didn't think he would win the job. As a senior desperately trying to prove to NFL scouts that he can play on Sundays, why would he want to spend his last season in college sitting on the bench?
Savage could have went to any number of destinations...maybe even went the Joe Flacco route in the FCS. It would make little sense to go to a program and then not play.
Voytik could definitely impress this spring and win the job, but I think it's Savage's to lose.