The education of a quarterback takes time, and fortunately for Pitt’s Chad Voytik he has a lot of it. There are just short of five months before the opener against Delaware on Aug. 30.
After the eighth of 15 spring drills Tuesday, coach Paul Chryst said Voytik has been “inconsistent.” Two of the three interceptions were thrown by Voytik.
“He’s working, that I appreciate, doing some good things,” Chryst said. “Inconsistent. Gotta keep working on it.”
Last week, Voytik mentioned — and we wrote about it in Saturday’s Trib – that he is working on some fundamental changes in his drops and delivery that Chryst wants him to clean up. So, accuracy may be an issue for a while. Pitt has seven more spring practices, starting Thursday, and the entire summer out of the coaches’ vision (thank you, NCAA) to iron out the wrinkles.
Let’s not forget this, though: After his interceptions, Voytik hit Tyler Boyd with a 63-yard touchdown pass. He throws the ball with a purpose, even if his arm isn’t as strong as what Tom Savage displayed last season.
If Voytik’s progress seems slow, you should remember that his only meaningful playing time since leaving high school less than two years ago was the second half of the bowl game Dec. 26. And he did well that night, thanks to a competitive streak that, I believe, eventually will serve him well at Pitt.
After all, he’s pointed in the right direction by a coach who knows quarterbacks and how to build them.