With Chad Voytik's recent play in the Blue-Gold spring game last week, there's been a lot of talk about Pitt's quarterback competition. I'm still of the mindset that Savage has the edge, though.
Athlon took a look at the quarterbacks in the ACC and ranked them accordingly. Savage, Pitt's representative, checked in at No. 9 out of 14 signal callers:
The burly passer from Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O’Hara was an elite prospect when he signed with Rutgers in 2009. Not only did he start as a true freshman but he was the Scarlet Knights’ Most Valuable Player. However, it didn’t translate to success as a sophomore, and eventually, he transferred to Pitt. Offensive whiz Paul Chryst, however, might have found himself a steal with the large 6-foot-5, 230-pound passer. With a void under center, the strong-armed signal caller has all the tools to take advantage of the opportunity to run Chryst’s offense.
With Pitt new to the conference, I'm not up on all of the ACC quarterbacks. And when you consider that Savage hasn't played for two seasons, it's even more difficult for me to figure out exactly where he ranks. But safe to say, I'd probably slot him somewhere around that spot. Savage enters this season with a lot to prove and it's difficult to expect too much out of him this year.
That said, Savage has a strong arm and has a few weapons on offense with wide receivers Devin Street and Tyler Boyd, as well as a stable of quality tight ends, including J.P. Holtz, there's a chance for a decent season.