When word broke of Pitt bringing in Tennessee Vols quarterback Nathan Peterman, there was some question as to what it meant for current Panthers' quarterback Chad Voytik. And considering the team's new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney helped bring him to Tennessee, that just added a little bit of fuel to the fire.
I wanted to get this earlier, but head coach Pat Narduzzi came out and said that the job is still Voytik's, in an interview with The Fan:
“[Chad Voytik] is our leader,” Narduzzi said. “He’s our quarterback right now and for the foreseeable future.”
“When you look at the quarterback situation, there probably might not be a worse depth chart in the country than having two guys on scholarship when you walk in as a head coach,” Narduzzi said. “We needed to secure some depth there. If we didn’t take an older guy, you guys would be jumping on The Fan in the morning after an early loss of a quarterback to injury, saying they should have took a guy, I don’t know why they didn’t, instead of why did they. So, we had to secure that.”
You can catch the whole interview through that link.
That, of course, isn't a guarantee that Voytik can't lose the job and he leaves some interpretation open with the 'foreseeable future' addition. But it's pretty clear that the move was made out of a need for additional depth there. If Voytik struggles (something I don't foresee), Peterman simply gives the team another option - something sorely needed with the transfer of Trey Anderson.
As I said at the time, this is only good for the program. Voytik is the one that stands to lose his job if he doesn't perform, but having quality competition around is something that should push him to play better, anyway.