This happened a couple of days ago, but some news came out regarding Pitt's quarterback situation.
First, there was this somewhat curious tweet from player Pat Amara regarding JaQuaun Davidson:
Shout out to my brother @DaHoney_Badger on converting back to quarterback stay tuned #H2P— Pat Amara II ♐✈ (@_PatLiveFrom215) January 9, 2015
Davidson was playing wide receiver for the Panthers, but also was a dual-threat quarterback in high school. The move was somewhat out of left field, but then this coming a few days later meant it made at least a little more sense:
#Pitt QB Trey Anderson will graduate this spring and transfer for his final season of eligibility.— Chris Peak (@PantherLair) January 10, 2015
I'm not sure how much of a link there is between the three moves, though. Anderson leaving definitely leaves Pitt a little short-handed at quarterback - particularly with the news that incoming freshman Alex Hornibrook flipped to Wisconsin. But Anderson only had one more year to go and without any experience in college in playing quarterback, it's not like Davidson would be an ideal guy to step into an emergency role.
So here's what we know about the quarterback situation - Pitt is again shorthanded.
As of right now, the loss of Anderson leaves starter Chad Voytik as the only scholarship quarterback on the roster with any actual game experience for next year. The others are Davidson and now redshirt freshman Adam Bertke, who hasn't taken a snap in a game. Joe Repischak also returns as a non-scholarship player.
A lot of people will dismiss Anderson's ability but there's little doubt that Pitt could certainly use him this year. Unless Pitt adds a transfer with experience, the Panthers will be forced to go to Bertke or Davidson if Voytik goes down with an injury. Anderson, no matter how limited his talent may have been, he certainly would have been useful to have.
Being so shorthanded, adding a quarterback transfer that has some experience would be ideal. Pitt doesn't necessarily need someone like Tom Savage, who came in and started. But adding a capable backup would be a huge boost to the program.
New coach Pat Narduzzi has some skilled players on offense back in running back James Conner and wide receiver Tyler Boyd. But his number one priority right now may be adding a veteran transfer at quarterback to provide some insurance for Voytik.
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