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Pat Narduzzi: Kenny Pickett would've beat Michigan State in Peach Bowl

Barkley-Truaxby:Barkley Truax07/20/22

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Nearly a complete offseason removed from Pitt‘s 31-21 Peach Bowl loss against Michigan State, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi made a bold claim about his squad and former superstar quarterback Kenny Pickett on a recent episode of Bazzy’s Black & Gold Banter.

“If that’s one of the best Big Ten teams, let’s go to the Big Ten and win it every year,” Narduzzi said.

The Panthers, who didn’t have Pickett due to him opting out in preparation the NFL Draft, wouldn’t look anything like the Pitt team that was one of the most explosive offensively in the ACC last season.

According to Narduzzi, there’s no doubt in his mind that Pitt would have emerged victorious if Pickett would have chosen to participate. In fact, the Pitt headman went as far as to say that the Spartans would have gotten their “butt kicked in” if he did.

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Chase Claypool discusses Kenny Pickett, Steelers quarterback competition

During a recent episode of the I Am Athlete podcast, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool sat down with the cast and talked all things Steelers related. One of the main topics discussed is the Steelers quarterback situation heading into next season. And Claypool gave his take on rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett and the ongoing quarterback competition.

“He looks good. He’s mobile, fast, faster than people think,” said Claypool. “So that’s gonna be new for us and I think it’s gonna create plays. You see like so many of Ja’Marr’s (Chase) plays and Tee’s (Higgins) plays are from Joe (Burrow) leaving the pocket making plays happen. And we’re young, we’re versatile, we’re dynamic so he’s gonna add to that.”

With the stance Claypool took on Pickett, former NFL Pro-Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall wanted to know who was his favorite quarterback during offseason training camps thus far. And Claypool didn’t mince words with his answer.

“Yeah, you know I can’t answer that.”