Guest Article: Kenny Pickett; How Efficient is He Actually?

Guest Article:  Kenny Pickett; How Efficient is He Actually?

By Reed Kohberger

Editor’s Note: Lt. Commander USCG (Ret), and Pitt POV Blogger Emeritus Reed emailed me this article yesterday afternoon. Seeing as how today is Labor Day, it was well timed, because let me tell you writing a decent article is Hard Work, and well, now I can spend a couple of extra hours with my family. Regarding the article, it’s vintage Kohberger. Enjoy.

In a POV comment regarding Kenny Pickett the other day I wrote about him as “all show, no substance Pickett”.

Perhaps I should have said about Pickett is that I think he’s “all show and no effectiveness” which describes him more accurately. He’s a gamer, and tough as nails,  and I rooted for him to do well since I watched him in drills and scrimmages in his early first spring camp years ago. I saw he was a tough kid back then and he’s remained that.

But to me the true mark of a successful QB is not how gutsy he is but 1) How many points are scored while he’s behind Center and 2) How effective is his passing game to where he has a direct hand in moving the ball downfield to get the offense in position to score? That means moving the sticks whether it is by passing for 1st downs and red zone TDs or having the RBs able to take it in on shorter TDs.

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The Official Season Prediction Thread

Well, here we are: A week away from Pitt football. By this time on the 12th we’ll have a first look at how good or bad Pitt looks, at least against fair-to-middling FCS competition. As with most seasons, the pundits are expecting Pitt to finish somewhere around the middle of the pack, and as with most seasons, there is a pretty obvious disrespect narrative.

The optimists in the crowd (and there are plenty) will point out that this is the first season in Pat Narduzzi’s six-year tenure where Pitt has had continuity at both coordinator positions. That will help. Especially on offense. And, to their credit Pitt does have a lot more going for it on that side of the ball than it did last year. Lets run down the list shall we:

  • A Senior Quarterback who’s got the same coordinator two years in a row for the first time in his college career.
  • Four out of five starters back on the offensive line, and an experienced and surgically-repaired Right Tackle (Gabe Houy) stepping into the spot that was vacated.
  • A receiving corps that returns all but one receiver, with a true freshman (Jordan Addison) who is rumored to be the Real Deal.
  • A running back room that returns all but one contributor from last season
  • A grad transfer Tight End that can reportedly both run and catch.

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Updated: 3 on Preseason All-ACC & Captains

Updated:  3 on Preseason All-ACC & Captains

Per the Pitt SID:

PITTSBURGH—Three Pitt standouts were named to the Preseason All-ACC Football Team revealed this morning on ACC Network’s Packer and Durham.

Junior safety Paris Ford, senior defensive end Patrick Jones II and senior center Jimmy Morrissey were named to the 27-member team selected by a conference media vote.

Ford (Pittsburgh, Pa./Steel Valley), hailed as the Panthers’ most devastating hitter in at least two decades, led Pitt last year in tackles (97) and interceptions (three). A 2019 first-team All-ACC honoree, Ford has been named a preseason All-American by no fewer than three national publications.

Jones (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) earned status as one of the top defensive ends in the ACC and nationally after compiling 43 tackles, 12 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 18 QB hurries last year. He paced the ACC and ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 0.31 forced fumbles per contest.

Morrissey (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) returns as the premier center in the ACC. A vital figure in Pitt’s transition to a heavier pass offense in 2019, he did not surrender a sack the entire season and also rated as the Panthers’ top run blocker. Morrissey boasts 36 career starts since the 2017 campaign.

Pitt was picked to finish eighth in the 15-team ACC race. The conference will not utilize divisions this fall. Each team will play 10 ACC games and one non-conference contest. The two teams with the highest conference winning percentages earn spots in the ACC Football Championship Game on Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

Pat Narduzzi Announces 2020 Pitt Football Captains

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Pitt POV Golf Event

Hello everyone, if you haven’t been reading the comments there is another Pitt POV golf event in the works. Should be a great time with some great people! Open to anyone who reads the blog, regardless of commenting status.

Here are the details:

Oct 2nd 1 p.m.

Willowbrook Country Club
181 Grossheim Road
Apollo, PA   15613

https://www.willowbrookcc.org/

(The clubhouse reportedly has a great fish sandwich. Oh yea the golf course isn’t bad either)

RSVP ASAP to Fran Lokar: lokarfr@gmail.com and include the names of any friends you are bringing.

Thanks!

Updated: To Everything Turn Turn Turner… & Today’s Interviews

Updated:  To Everything Turn Turn Turner… & Today’s Interviews

Editor’s Note: I’ve added the Duz and player videos at the end of my initial article. Enjoy

Pat Narduzzi announced a surprise commit from a grad transfer from Maryland today.

DJ Turner is a redshirt senior, who will have two years to play based on the NCAA waiver for this season.

The 5’9″, 203 lb Turner’s receiving resume is limited, but his special teams resume is extensive.

From the official Maryland Football website:

As a Senior (2019): Started in first three games of the season (Howard, 8/31 – at Temple, 9/14), redshirted the rest of the year … Tallied four receptions for 84 yards over the three games … Also returned three punts for 107 yards and a touchdown … Had a career-best 55 yard punt return in fourth quarter at Temple (9/14) … In win over #21 Syracuse (9/7) recorded two receptions for 53 yards, a 29-yard catch and a 24-yarder … Returned a punt 40 yards for a score vs. Howard (8/31) to put Maryland up 42-0 … Was the first Terrapin punt return touchdown since Teldrick Morgan (83 yards) vs. Rutgers on November 26, 2016.

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Another Scrimmage; Another Film Breakdown Session

Another Scrimmage;  Another Film Breakdown Session

Pitt scrimmaged again this weekend, and another video was released. Since our crack team of video analysts did such a great job last time, I’ve decided to bring that back in for a second go round. Enjoy the double-click into what the Pitt SID really wants us to see.

First the still images:

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Trying to decipher who is in the the huddle with the ones…Pickett Obviously. I think that’s Carter Warren he’s got his arm on? I can sort of just make out the 7 on the right side of the back of his jersey… If it’s Warren then it does indeed look like he’s slimmed down. Huge arms too. That’s #4 at Running Back – I.e. Daniel Carter. Seeing a lot of him in scrimmage footage. #18 is Shocky. There is another receiver inside of him. Can’t see a number. It’s not Addison because of the black t-shirt poking out from under the jersey. (Addison as you can see below has a blue one). Maybe Tipton? Another of the true frosh? I’m assuming that’s Krull immediately to his right.
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Paris Ford does appear to be practicing. Is that him saying “my bad”?
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Jason Pinnock’s arms (and dreds) pass the eye-test. With Mathis out he’s our unquestioned #1 corner. While I’m no body language expert, he appears to be walking with a bit of a swagger.
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#3 Jordan Addision and #71 Bryce Hargrove (number is hidden but it’s him). Addison doesn’t look as small as I thought he would next to the 6’4″ 320 Hargrove.

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