Pitt welcomes veteran Ivy League QB Derek Kyler


With USC transfer Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti already in place at Pitt, still in the midst of an ongoing quarterback competition to determine the Week 1 starter against West Virginia on Sept. 1, Pitt is in good shape at quarterback.

However, with Joey Yellen and Davis Beville leaving the program this spring, it left some depth behind for the pair. And as Panther-Lair’s Chris Peak first reported, Pitt welcomes veteran former Dartmouth quarterback Derek Kyler today.

Pittsburgh Sports Now confirmed that Kyler, a multi-year starter at Dartmouth after signing up in 2017, is considered a depth option for Pitt to use a potential No. 3 quarterback this season – the role Beville filled last season and Yellen would have filled in had he not entered the transfer portal.

With Nate Yarnell as the only other stock quarterback on the roster, coming off a true freshman season in which he didn’t see the field, Kyler would be an experienced, veteran option who could fill in a pinch and also help mentor other players. in the room.

In three seasons starting at Dartmouth, Kyler has been very, very effective. The 6-foot, 180-pound flagman from DeKalb, Illinois, threw for 4,409 yards and 42 touchdowns (for just six interceptions) on 362 of 522 passing attempts. He also added 380 yards and three touchdowns on 119 ground attempts.

As a senior starter at Dartmouth in 2021, after a season canceled by COVID in 2020, Kyler threw for 1,972 yards and 17 touchdowns (with just one interception) on 169 of 239 passing attempts to lead the team 9-1 Big Green to an Ivy League title.

With one season of college football eligibility remaining, Kyler would potentially help bridge the gap between Pitt’s quarterbacks on the roster now and the likes of Yarnell and 2023 four-star quarterback Kenny Minchey at the future.

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