No.12 Pittsburgh there will be no star defender and finalist Heisman Trophy Kenny Pickett for a game of Peach Bowl against the number 10 the state of Michigan after he announced Thursday that he won’t be playing in the game as he prepares for 2022 NFL Drafts. Pickett’s announcement follows a similar opt-out Notice from The state of Michigan is making a comeback Kenneth Walker III earlier in the day, meaning neither team will have its attacking star for the Dec. 30 game in Atlanta.
“To the University of Pittsburgh, thank you for everything you’ve given me over the past 5 years,” Pickett wrote in a social media post. “Coach Narduzzi, thank you for being by my side throughout my career and teaching me life lessons every step of the way. One of the best moments of my football career was being on top. stage with him, our team, and our ACC championship trophy.”
Pickett, a fifth-year student this season, is Pitt’s all-time leader in passes, finishes, total strike points and touchdowns. He ranks as the #15 overall player and #2 quarterback in the 2022 CBS Sports NFL Draft Potential customer ratings.
“Thank you, Kenny Pickett,” Pitt’s coach Pat Narduzzi wrote in a social media post. “It’s been an honor to be your head coach, from the time you arrived as a freshman 5 years ago, to the moment you stepped onto the field in Charlotte as an ACC champion. , you’ve given the University of Pittsburgh everything you’ve got. Your leadership and toughness have raised the bar for our entire program. On behalf of Panther Nation, thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us, on and off the field.”
With Pickett out for Peach Bowl, Panthers can switch to juniors in red Nick Patti. to start in midfield. As Pickett’s backup this season, Patti has completed 12 of 14 passes for 140 yards.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/pittsburgh-star-qb-kenny-pickett-wont-play-in-peach-bowl-to-prepare-for-nfl-draft/ Pittsburgh QB star Kenny Pickett won’t play in Peach Bowl in preparation for NFL Draft