Prized freshman quarterback Pat Bostick, who returned home to Lancaster on the eve of Pitt training camp for “personal issues,” will return Tuesday after missing seven days of practice.
“We’re driving out tomorrow morning, as a matter of fact,” said Bostick’s father, Pat Sr. “Speaking for Pat, he’s just really excited to get back with his teammates and the coaching staff. He’s looking forward to it.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Bostick was expected to compete for the starting job against junior Bill Stull and redshirt freshman Kevan Smith. Bostick was a two-time all-state selection at Manheim Township High School and was considered the state’s top quarterback prospect and one of the top 10 nationally by recruiting services.
Pitt will practice twice Tuesday, with a light practice in the morning and a 75-play scrimmage in the afternoon. Bostick Sr. isn’t sure whether his son will participate in the latter. The younger Bostick spoke with offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh but didn’t determine a timetable to play.
“I know he’s going to be there, whether he’ll be in pads or not I don’t know but he’ll be there,” Bostick Sr. said. “It hasn’t specifically been discussed. I don’t think he’s going to be thrown out there tomorrow, but on the other hand I think he’ll be competing relatively quickly. The situation will depend on how things play out.”
Bostick’s arrival gives Pitt three scholarship quarterbacks. The Panthers were forced to rely on three freshman walk-ons during split-squad drills last week, especially after Stull injured the thumb on his right (throwing) hand and did not participate in Saturday’s contact drills.