Now that we are starting the “long desert march”, that dry spell we go through every summer until we get to the Fall Camp in the beginning of August, there are a few things on my desk I want to share with you all.
First addressing the question of QB Nathan Peterman’s role in transferring from Tennessee to PITT and why he’s doing it. Everyone assumes it is just to provide a back up to Chad Voytik because somehow Voytik has a ‘lock’ on the starter’s job.
That isn’t true. There is no doubt that Narduzzi and OC Jim Chaney are bringing Peterman in to compete for the starting job right off the bat. Chris Peak has written a very good piece with strong quotes about this subject in his April 23rd article. That article is behind Rivals’ pay wall but here is a taste of what Narduzzi said…
“He’s going to come in here to compete,” Narduzzi said Wednesday. “Chad knows that. Chad’s embraced that, and Chad’s got to look at it as, ‘Hey, this guy is going to make me better.’ I think it’s always good when you can look in that rearview mirror and see that someone’s there on you. I don’t know that Chad had that throughout the spring, to be honest with you.
“So he’ll have that in fall camp, and they’ll learn together, and it will make us a better football team.”
Reading between the lines I think Narduzzi may well have meant that Voytik didn’t have that competition last season either and he wants to make that happen. I get the feeling, just a feeling only, that Narduzzi isn’t 100% sold on Voytik’s skills at QB.