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Fall Camp Preview: Quarterback

Taking a look at the Quarterback position heading into Fall Camp.

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  • Adam Bertke 6'6" 235 Redshirt Freshman
  • Nate Bossory 6'3" 240 Sophomore (Transfer from Air Force)
  • Ben DiNucci 6'2" 190 Freshman (Two-Star recruit)
  • Nathan Peterman 6'2" 225 Junior (Transfer from Tennessee) 94 career passing yards
  • Chad Voytik 6'1" 215 Junior, 2,233 Passing Yds, 16 Passing TDs, 466 Rushing Yds, 3 Rushing TDs in 2014

Projected Starter -  Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik is clearly the leading candidate to start the 2015 season barring any injuries between now and September 5.  Voytik is coming off a moderately successful first season as a starter. The junior from Cleveland, Tennessee had a relatively slow start in 2014, but around mid-season the coaches trusted him to be more than a game manager and the offense expanded.  Voytik even became the focal point of a game plan against Virginia Tech that saw him run the ball 19 times for 118 yards.

Voytik really limited his turnovers in the second half of the season as he only threw one interception in the final six games. Pitt will still depend on their running game more often than not, but with a veteran dual-threat quarterback in the mix, the Panthers have a lot more options to open things up in 2015.

Top Reserve - Nathan Peterman

If Voytik were to ever miss any time, Pitt did the right thing by adding a veteran transfer in the offseason with Nathan Peterman.  The ex-Tennessee Volunteer is a former four-star recruit that played under Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney in the past.  Having a veteran guy with some talent that is familiar with the offensive scheme is a definite plus heading into a season with a new coaching staff.

Peterman has two years of eligibility and should be a solid option if his number ever were to be called. Despite his initial high ranking out of high school, he failed to make an impact at Tennessee. Obviously that can be some cause for concern, but with the other backup options lacking experience, Peterman may simply just be the best option.

The Rest - Adam Bertke, Ben DiNucci, Nathan Bossory

Adam Bertke looks like the top candidate to challenge Peterman for the #2 job in the fall. As a redshirt freshman, he has a year of experience on the other two guys behind him. Bertke certainly stands out with his 6'6" frame and has all the tools to potentially be a starter down the line.

Ben DiNucci is coming off a stellar senior season in the high school ranks. Most Pitt fans are familiar with him already. He was named the Pennsylvania AAAA High School Football player of the year out of nearby Pine-Richland High School. Despite the accolades, he was a lower ranked guy by recruiting services. DiNucci could stand to add some muscle to his thin frame, and is almost assuredly heading for a redshirt.

Nathan Bossory comes to Pitt from Air Force, and will be a walk-on. He is originally from the state of Michigan, and played some tight end for the Air Force JV team. If for nothing else, Bossory is here for depth.

*Incoming freshmen redshirts have not been added to the official roster