Voytik Continuing To Develop

Chad Voytik threw his first interception on Friday night at Boston College, but rebounded with a pair of touchdown passes, and more importantly, his second win as a starting quarterback. While he realizes the emphasis on the run game, he doesn't fear that it hurts his development by a lack of throws.

While the run game has stolen the show these first two games--107 rushes compared to 34 passes in two games--there's not a concern that it might limit Chad Voytik's development.

“[Voytik] has got to help himself in the rhythm; we’ve got to help him in the rhythm," head coach Paul Chryst said. "I thought that he did some good things. That was a big play that we had with [Tyler Boyd] for the first down. Games present themselves in different ways, you’ve just got to handle it.”

For offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, he admits the opportunities to throw the ball haven't come as often. Most importantly, he likes the way Voytik has competed in his two starts.

"I can't say he's been in it--not a ton of opportutnies--but as those grow, he'll do a great job," Rudolph said. "He's responded well. He competes his tail off."

Voytik faced the first adversity, you could say, of his career where he threw the first interception of his career. He's dealing with a bit of another as he will go to work with a new starting center. However, when starter Artie Rowell went down on Friday night, he developed a rhythm with Gabe Roberts as the game went on.

After that first interception, Voytik admits it was tough, but learned to quickly put it behind him.

"I just told myself, 'You can't let this affect you because there's so much game left,'" Voytik said. "We were talking about it on the sideline, and Coach (Chryst) said, 'You didn't think you were going to go a whole year without throwing one, did you?'"

Chryst's reaction, he says, the way he reacted, Voytik says takes some of the pressure off right away.

"I got the first one out of the way," Voytik said. "I felt good about how the pick happened. It was truly the defense doing what they were supposed to do. That made it a little better."

Voytik also credits the defense for stepping up, and holding the Boston College to a three-and-out, Pitt still trailing 7-3 at that point of the game.

"It's part of the game, and we had to bounce back with it, and we did," Voytik added. "They stopped them. It was huge. I was super excited for them. They saved my butt."

Through two games, Voytik is completing 60.6 percent of his passes, along with four touchdown passes to just one interception. The run game has been the strength of the offense so far. Despite what might be considered a minimal amount of throws, he doesn't fear that it's going to slow down his progression.

"I'm okay with (running the football), as long as the 'W' keeps coming up on the scoreboard," Voytik said. "That's all that matters. If we keep running the ball, I'll take it. I know I keep saying that. We'll get in a rhythm, we'll roll with it."

Voytik, of course, is part of that running game--eight carries for 58 yards, no negative yards and no sacks. He says he's not surprised by the success of the running game this year, specifically the success of Conner.

"I knew (Conner) was that kind of back, we all knew, he's blowing it out of the water," Voytik said. "He's surpassing his expectations. I think it will keep coming. It will come with the flow of the game."


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