You can almost feel the trepidation in the words. The hesitation to publish. The dread at what may come from it. Yet it happened and it must be reported: Chad Voytik had a very good practice.
In his best practice since coming to Pitt this summer, the freshman quarterback showed almost all of the tools that drew the reviews of national scouting evaluators, enticed the last coaching staff, made the current staff want to keep him in the recruiting class, and had Pitt fans excited.
On display Monday night was an impressive combination of pocket presence, arm strength, accuracy, speed, downfield awareness while rolling out, and an ability to throw on the run. And the key word there was the adjective:
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Okay. Is that out of the system?
It’s true, Voytik had a very good day. Confirmed by others.
Freshman quarterback Chad Voytik looked like a different player Monday night, compared to the first days of training camp.
Now before Pitt fans start jumping to conclusions and looking for Voytik in the starting lineup Sept. 1 against Youngstown State, I’ll say this: Relax.
Voytik isn’t ready to take over for fifth-year senior Tino Sunseri. He missed spring practice because he was still in high school, and he is not accustomed to playing under center, a fundamental element of Chryst’s offense, although he does use the shotgun at times.
But Voytik looked supremely poised and comfortable in the pocket when Pitt wrapped up the last of its two-a-day practices in the indoor facility on the South Side.
Voytik hit wide receiver Cam Saddler with a perfectly placed pass in the near corner of the end zone and later found freshman tight end J.P. Holtz for a score. A few plays previous, Holtz made a nice catch across the middle when he tipped a Voytik pass to himself while falling to the turf.
It’s also worth noting that in the morning practice he had a bad enough practice that he even took to twitter to vent.
Bad practice this morning. Only good thing is we have another one later to make up for it.
— Chad Voytik (@Voytik_8) August 20, 2012
So, one practice bad, the next really good. Is there anything else to take away from this?
It is encouraging. It is progress. But, progress is not a straight line progression. Step forwards. Step backs.