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Pitt starting quarterback a gametime decision

Pat Narduzzi did not name a starting quarterback after practice Thursday as he addressed the media for the final time before Pitt heads to Iowa.

"Are you serious? You didn’t just ask that."

That's what Pat Narduzzi had to say when the first question of his media briefing was asked about who Pitt's quarterback will be come Saturday when the Panthers play the Iowa Hawkeyes. Chad Voytik and Nate Peterman were listed as co-starters at the beginning of the week after Voytik started Pitt's first two games. 

The head coach said Monday the team would decide Thursday, but he and the coaches were yet to review tape of Thursday's practice.

"It’s going to be a gametime decision," Narduzzi said. "We might know before then but you guys won’t know."

Regardless of who starts, Narduzzi says Pitt will follow the plan from the Panthers' first two games. Voytik or Peterman will start and the other will come in around the third offensive series. 

So, really, it doesn't matter who the starter is. 

"To you guys it does," Narduzzi said. "I guess it does. To me it doesn’t."

Voytik and Peterman are going to play, and the team will stick with whoever is playing better. 

"We’ll see who starts," Narduzzi said. "The other guy’s going to come in the third series or somewhere around that and we’ll go from there. The hot guy's going to play."

Peterman was the hot guy in the victory against Akron, leading the Panthers to three touchdown drives. Peterman played the entire second half and finished completing 12-of-18 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. 

Voytik threw 6-for-8 for 32 yards. All of his completions went to Tyler Boyd and the Panthers best Voytik-led drive ended in a field goal. 

Peterman has completed 14-of-21 passes for 209 yards with a touchdown and interception this season. Voytik is 15-of-22 for 104 yards, also with a touchdown and interception. 

Through two games, Pitt's offense has shown a better ability to sustain drives under Peterman. He also displays more of a willingness to pass downfield and has done so more effectively than Voytik. 

During the two practice viewing windows this week, in which the quarterbacks did only passing drills to running backs and receivers, Peterman was the first in line to take reps. 

The most important thing for Pitt's quarterback to do is get the ball in the hands of the team's top playmaker. But is Boyd more comfortable with one quarterback than the other?

"I wouldn’t say so," Boyd said. "I’m comfortable in there and suitable for either quarterback."

Boyd noted he's had plenty of practice time with both Voytik and Peterman going back to the summer, even though this is his third year as teammates with Voytik. 

"I’ve got a great feeling for both guys," Boyd said. "I feel like they can both get the job done and I’m confident in both of them and they feel the same about me."

Like his star receiver, Narduzzi is secure with both Voytik and Peterman on the field.

"If one of them were hurt right now I wouldn’t be going 'oh my god, what are we going to do?'" Narduzzi said. "They’re both good players and they’re both going to play."


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