As expected, Pittsburgh has turned to Chad Voytik under center.
In an announcement that should surprise absolutely no one, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst announced that Voytik has been named as his starting quarterback. The redshirt sophomore had been in a competition with senior Trey Anderson throughout the spring and on into summer camp, although from the time he played the entire second half of the Panthers’ bowl game it has seemingly been Voytik’s job to lose.
Voytik will replace Tom Savage, last year’s starter whose eligibility expired after an 18-year collegiate career. This will, incidentally, mark the third consecutive season that Pitt has a different starting quarterback at the beginning of the year.
Voytik played in four games as Savage’s backup last season, completing 6-of-11 passes for 116 yards along the way. Nine of those attempts and 108 of those yards came in the Little Caesars Bowl win over Bowling Green. While he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, he did rush for a score in the 30-27 win.
A four-star member of Pitt’s 2012 recruiting class, Voytik was rated as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee.