NFL Quarterback’s Son Hoping for Another Chance with Pitt

George itching to play again

Jeff Hathhorn
August 06, 2019 - 6:15 am

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – He has more career touchdown passes than Pitt’s starting quarterback and Jeff George, Junior is hoping he will have one more opportunity to play college football with the Panthers this year.

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“Once you get the itch of playing in big-time games, which I had at Illinois, my first start was at Michigan, it’s a surreal feeling,” George said.   “It’s awesome and you want to get back to that.  Definitely the itch is there and having that and being able to push the other guys, just makes us all better at the end of the day.”

George is more in a battle to be the back-up than to get starting time this year, competing with Nick Patti and others. 

The 6’3”, 220 pound redshirt senior started nine games at Illinois before transferring to Pitt in August of last year.  He’s thrown for 15 career touchdowns to 11 interceptions and a passer efficiency rating of 102.80.

“I think I bring an intelligence aspect,” George said.  “I’m technically going into my 6th year so I’ve been around the college game for a while now.” 

And he has a good pedigree, his father and namesake, was the first overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Colts.  George, Sr. threw for over 27 thousand yards and 154 career touchdowns in his pro career and was known for having a huge arm.  Easily able to throw passes 60-70 yards and when asked who has the stronger arm between the two, the son had a clever answer about that competition.

“I definitely got him now, by 20 yards or so.” 

Of course the older George is now 51, while the younger is hoping to show off his ability with the new offensive coordinator. 

“We’re all learning from Coach Whipple,” George said.  “He’s trying to get the offense going.  We are trying to open up the passing game and I think we are doing some good things.  It’s a good time to be in this offense right now.”

George said it’s a close quarterback room that also features highly thought of recruit Davis Beville, a true freshman from South Carolina.  But there is no doubt its Kenny Pickett’s team and George said he’s changed since last season.

“Big maturity jump, he’s really calmed down and the game has slowed down for him,” George said of Pickett.  “He was the guy last year and he’s had a chance to settle his feet and take in how college football is.  He’s doing an unbelievable job.  He’s a tremendous leader.  He’s definitely taken it and made the most of it.”

While he has a ‘high anxiousness’ to get back on the field, George said he will do what is best this Pitt team.

“I’m trying to compete to play,” George said.  “You support everybody who is out there.  Whatever the coach’s role is for me, I will run with it.  We are all out here, we are trying to compete to play because the college game, you are one play away all of the time.”

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