Pitt Scouting Report: A Tough Matchup

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Pitt’s Kenny Pickett is one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)


The Pitt scheme is a pro-spread attack that doesn’t have the QB keeping much on designed carries. They’ll storm down the field in three- and four-wide sets, then hunker down in a double-tight I-formation for short-yardage and goal-line situations. Maybe the best thing the Hokies can do on defense is to take the WMU approach: injure Pickett while forcing him to fumble and then build enough of a lead to where Pitt’s always straining and pressured into giving up a couple more turnovers, including one that set WMU up with first-and-goal. Barring that, things get more limited.

Kenny Pickett (QB, #8) is the headliner—he’s out there playing Big 12 deep ball while just about all the rest of the ACC’s offenses are sitting in the corner eating paint chips. The guy throws his people open, and he drops dimes into spots where other QBs cough up picks. He’s thrown a grand total of one interception this season, when a cornerback got underneath an out route by the TE. The pocket was clean, so my guess is that Pickett assumed they’d have the corner running with the receiver streaking deep.

Slot Jordan Addison (#3) is the top target: