Oct 23, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis (9) throws a pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

This college football offseason, we saw a flurry of quarterbacks transfer from one major program to another. Now we’re starting to see those moves pay off as many of them are earning the starting job at their new schools, which is exactly what happened for Kedon Slovis at Pitt.

Slovis, who threw for 7,576 yards, 58 TDs, and 24 interceptions while with the USC Trojans, transferred to Pittsburgh in December in an attempt to replace Kenny Pickett and build his NFL Draft profile back up.

“USC will always be a special place to me,” Slovis wrote in an announcement post in December. “But now it’s time for me to start a new chapter. For my next two years of eligibility, I’ll be playing quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh.”

Wednesday, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi officially announced that Slovis will be the Panthers’ starting quarterback this season.

Slovis will get quite the debut as Pitt’s quarterback. The Panthers will host rival West Virginia for the Backyard Brawl with ESPN’s College GameDay crew on hand to hype it up.

Slovis has also been named to the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the nation’s top senior/upperclassman quarterback.

Pitt has a lot to live up to this season as they’re coming off an ACC title and a Peach Bowl berth. But if Slovis can live up to the hype, then his transfer decision will pay off. In the meantime, the college football world had some strong reactions to the news.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.