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Draft Scout Chad Voytik News
04/22/15 - Chad Voytik is prepping for his second season as the starting quarterback at Pittsburgh, but in so many ways it seems like his first. The impending junior knows what to expect once the competition begins on September 5 against Youngstown State, but it is the preparation under the offensive staff that joined new head coach Pat Narduzzi where Voytik needs to find his way. "It kind of feels the same with the new offense," Voytik said. "I am kind of back to square one. I kind of felt like a freshman. As far as my knowledge of the defense and overall IQ, it has helped me a lot this spring. I know why we are running a certain concept if we see a certain coverage and I can attack that."
Another concept that is new to Voytik: entering Saturday's Blue-Gold game as the entrenched starter. New coach Pat Narduzzi brought back the traditional spring wrap up - with a twist - after former coach Paul Chryst opted for a series of scrimmages last year. Narduzzi brought in former Pitt stars Larry Fitzgerald and Aaron Donald to serve as honorary coaches for the game, with teams selected during a live player draft. Voytik will be surrounded by familiar faces in the huddle, with junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd and running back James Conner joining him on Fitzgerald's team. "It is going to be nice to be out there and get a crowd out there and have Fitzgerald and Donald come out," Voytik said. "That will be cool. It puts guys in a game situation. We have had all spring to evaluate our play. This is kind of the grand evaluation. You see what you have learned and how you can execute it." - AP Sports
08/21/14 - Chad Voytik will be the starting quarterback for Pitt when opens the season on Aug. 30 against Delaware. Coach Paul Chryst officially announced Voytik as the starter on Thursday after watching Voytik separate himself from Trey Anderson during the two-plus weeks of training camp. Voytik took all the snaps with the first string during camp and impressed Chryst with Voytik's preparation. "I think he's proud, and he should be, of the work he's done," Chryst said of Voytik.
The sophomore played in three games for Pitt last fall, including the entire second half in a 30-27 victory over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. He appeared to have the job locked down after a solid spring but Chryst wanted to get a fuller picture of Voytik's development before making a final decision. "It feels good," Voytik said. "I have been getting the (first-team) reps, but being named is an honor and I am just so excited to play in nine days." Through his first training camp taking snaps with the first team, Voytik said his timing was the most improved aspect of his game. "That comes with learning the offense," Voytik said. "I think staying in my rhythm and knowing when to escape, those are really things that I have improved on and now I can be a pocket passer and still get out of the pocket when I need to." - AP Sports
08/20/14 - Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst isn't saying much about his starting quarterback competition. Maybe that's because Chryst's decisions on who gets the snaps in practice is doing all the talking for him. Sophomore Chad Voytik took the majority of the reps with the first team during a scrimmage over the weekend, and it's almost certain he'll be the one under center when the Panthers open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Delaware. While Chryst stressed Voytik is "still learning," the coach has been impressed with his command of the offense during camp. "I've never been around a quarterback who doesn't go through growing pains," Chryst said. "But he's a knowledgeable player. I think he's got a good knowledge base and he's working to keep it growing."
Voytik redshirted in 2012 and took his first reps in 2013, playing in three regular season games. A lot of that time was spent learning Chryst's system and preparing for the day he would take over. Chryst, who won a state title as a high school quarterback in Wisconsin, has taken over duties as quarterbacks coach. The list of his proteges include Derek Anderson at Oregon State and 2014 Super Bowl-winner Russell Wilson at Wisconsin. - AP Sports
04/13/14 - When Brooks Bollinger resigned as quarterbacks coach at Pittsburgh in February, head coach Paul Chryst didn't hire another one. Instead, he added the job duties to his own. Consider it the most efficient way to keep track of the learning curve for starter in waiting Chad Voytik. A year after transfer Tom Savage started each of Pitt's 13 games, Voytik, a sophomore, will take the reins after spending the larger part of his first two years at Pitt watching and learning. Voytik, recruited by former Pitt coach Todd Graham, redshirted his freshman year and served as Savage's backup last year.
This spring, the emphasis between Chryst and Voytik has been on learning while Voytik said the mechanics will be worked on over the summer. When it comes to aspects of the position like reading opposing defenses, Voytik says his comfort level has already increased "a lot" as a result of the way he's being coached. "(Chryst) gives you such a different perspective and really makes you think for yourself," Voytik said. "That's really helped me because I was always the guy saying like 'tell me what I need to do' but now he's teaching us the game so we can kind of learn it ourselves when he's not there to tell us."
Savage completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns a year ago. Voytik has completed 6 of 11 passes for 116 yards in his career. Voytik saw his first extended period of play in the second half of Pitt's 30-27 win over Bowling Green at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl after Savage was unable to play with a rib injury he suffered on the last play of the first half. - AP Sports
08/11/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Chad Voytik - One way or the other he will be a topic of conversation. Starting with spring drills the Tennessee high school sensation gets his big chance to shine in his second year on campus. - The Sports Xchange