Pickett Shines in Pitt Spring Game

QB throws pair of touchdowns

Jeff Hathhorn
April 13, 2019 - 4:28 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Kenny Pickett threw for 125 yards and a couple of touchdowns leading the Blue team to a 14-7 win over the Gold in the Pitt Spring Game at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

“I like throwing it down the field, throwing touchdowns,” Pickett said.  “It’s exciting.”

“His feet are better in the pocket,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said of Pickett.  “There are some changes Coach Whipple wanted to make.  The ball is coming out quicker out of his hand and I think that is the most impressive.  You are seeing balls coming out on time.  That will make our offensive line better.”

Pickett was 10 of 14 and the touchdowns were both to Tre Tipton, one of 13 yards and another of 22.

“His confidence is way higher,” receiver Taysir Mack said of Pickett.  “Especially with the new offense and coach Whipple is really molding him into a noticeable, top quarterback in the NCAA. 

“His poise, there is something about him.  He works hard and it’s proven when he gets out there.  He’s improving a lot.”

“I think to have an intermediate passing game, you have to take the top off,” offensive coordinator Mark Whipple said of throwing more deep passes.  “Some guys made some plays and I think our receivers have gained some confidence.”

Panther receivers had catches of 30 (Taysir Mack) and 39 (Shocky Jacques-Louis) yards as the teams combined to throw for 425 yards over the 40 minute scrimmage

“We’re going to take a few more shots,” Narduzzi said.  “I’ve been impressed all spring with Coach Whipple and Coach Beatty.  As you guys know, our intentions going into Spring ball and going out of Spring ball was to improve the passing game.”

Freshman quarterback Davis Beville was 13 of 17 for 157 yards and the Gold touchdown.  An 11-yard pass to tight end Will Gragg.

“Davis is a football player,” Narduzzi said.  “It was great for him to have some success out there.  He threw the ball well.  He’s talented and made improvements.  That’s the advantage of coming in mid-year, he is way ahead of where the rest of the freshman will be when they come in.”

Pitt will open the season at Heinz Field August 31, an ACC matchup against Virginia.

“It shows that we’re not just talking non-sense, what we said, it’s real,” Pickett said of today’s Blue-Gold game.  “The offense is explosive in the passing game.  That is going to continue, coach still hasn’t put in his whole offense yet.  We’re all ready to work.”

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