There’s no quarterback controversy brewing at Pitt. At least not right now, anyway. ESPN is reporting that Pitt Panthers coach Pat Nadruzzi listed quarterback Max Browne alone at the top of the depth chart ahead of an important matchup against Oklahoma State this upcoming week.
The Panthers offense has struggled through the first two weeks of the season. Their first win came against FCS Youngstown State, who nearly knocked off the Panthers before falling 28-21. The following week they took on powerhouse Penn State and faired just as badly. While nobody expected them to beat Penn State, they lost 31-14 and it didn’t even look as close as that.
Coach Nadruzzi has a tendency to put the word “OR” between two names at the top of the depth chart. It’s sometimes used to motivate a slumping starter, or to reward a backup that has been pushing for more playing time. Not this week. Sophomore Ben DiNucci will have to continue to bide his time on the bench.
Pitt coaches feel that a lack of protection is mostly to blame for Browne’s ineffectiveness early in the season. How much longer they’ll be willing to extend him that grace remains to be seen. He doesn’t have to beat Oklahoma State to keep his starting job, but he has to put up a valiant performance. He isn’t the future of the program to begin with, and he can’t make the decision to move away from him so easy for the coaching staff.
It appears that coach Nadruzzi is giving him at least one more weak before his seat starts to get hot.
Photo Credit: Instagram/Max Browne