Despite several departures from the Pittsburgh Panthers football program, there was some positive news coming from head coach Paul Chryst on Thursday, that Chad Voytik will be the team’s starting quarterback for their season opener against the Delaware Blue Hens.
After an excellent spring season, Voytik had always been the favorite to win the starting job and further solidified his position with a strong training camp. Trey Anderson was the only other quarterback to threaten Voytik, but stumbled leading up to Chryst’s decision.
Voytik played in only three games last season highlighted by an entire second half of play during the Panthers win 30-27 in the Little Ceasar’s Pizza Bowl. The sophomore has drawn comparisons to Russell Wilson due to his similarly small stature and will rely on help from wideout Taylor Boyd and running back Jams Connor. The path the Panthers take during the 2014 season will depend heavily upon how quickly Voytik gets situated, any stunts in his growth could cost the Panthers a shot at contending for a conference title.
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