Chad Voytik was once known to Pitt fans as an athletic force who could sling it a mile.
But Voytik is but a mere afterthought in Pittsburgh, serving as a vestige from the unfruitful tenure of Paul Chryst.
Currently, Voytik finds himself battling for the starting job of Arkansas State (0-4,0-0 Sun Belt) after joining the team as a graduate transfer in May. The Red Wolves are a team that has won five conference titles since joining the Sun Belt in 2001 with four of them being in the last six years. Chad himself has done little to contribute to the Red Wolves offense and can be considered a catalyst behind the team’s sluggish start.
"A-State has averaged just under nine wins in the last five years so an 0-3 start has fans' stress levels through the roof," says Mark Ferguson, the Publisher of AStateNation.com, Arkansas State’s Scout affiliate.
For a team that is used to success during conference play, an abysmal start has rightfully raised concerns among the team’s fan base.
Voytik completed 11 of 24 passes for 124 yards with no passing touchdowns and no interceptions in A-State’s opener against Toledo. He rushed for 38 yards on a staggering 18 attempts. The offense was never able to find its rhythm in a 31-10 loss.
In his second start against Auburn, he went 15 for 21 with 215 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He gained just 12 yards on 13 quarterback keeps but had two touchdowns. Auburn won by 37.
Despite Voytik’s struggles, not all the offensive issues can be placed on his shoulders. Says Ferguson: "Arkansas State's o-line is struggling, so they are having to play more vertical."
During those three games, Voytik was sacked a total of eight times for a loss of 44 yards. This has forced the Red Wolves to run more of a spread offense that puts pressure on the quarterback to get rid of the ball quickly and make decisions without much time.
His third game against Utah State would be his most disastrous. He was only 2 for 6 with 10 yards, one interception and five yards on two keeps.
It was during this contest that Voytik lost the starting job, and coach Blake Anderson has found a new gunslinger for his football team in junior college transfer Justice Hansen.
After losing the number one quarterback spot to Nathan Peterman last season and transferring, Voytik again finds himself sitting the bench on Saturday afternoons.null