Scouting Report: Pitt

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Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett is dangerous, but how healthy is his ankle?(Ivan Morozov)

A late winner of the COVID sweepstakes, Pitt canceled last week’s game against Georgia Tech, so we’ll focus on their games before that: Miami, Notre Dame, and (most recently) Florida State. The losses to Miami and Notre Dame were incurred with starting QB Kenny Pickett on the sideline; if he’d been playing, it’s not a stretch to see them beating Miami and playing Notre Dame much closer than the final 45-3 margin.  (And if he hadn’t been hurt against BC, Pitt probably wins that one, too.)


It’s the same pass-heavy scheme with a good bit of misdirection thrown in, but not as much under-center work as there has been, I’m guessing because of QB injuries. The running game has been anemic, and with Kenny Picket dealing with a bum ankle and probably not running much, it should be something the Hokies can handle. The exception might be when Pitt does go under-center, and Tech has to decipher backfield action on jet and rocket sweeps:

That’s a cross-pulling sweep with people going everywhichway.

Tech will need to be mindful of tackle-eligible unbalanced sets that’ll sneak a TE out there on a go route with no one to cover him. Pitt also runs a draw where the QB will intentionally rotate to the wrong side to hand-off,