Quarterback Voytik Will Transfer; Chad Voytik Left Pitt as He Entered It 31/2 Years Ago -- Grateful for the Opportunity, but Eagerly Awaiting a New Challenge. [Derived Headline]

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Quarterback Voytik Will Transfer; Chad Voytik Left Pitt as He Entered It 31/2 Years Ago -- Grateful for the Opportunity, but Eagerly Awaiting a New Challenge. [Derived Headline]


DiPAOLA, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Chad Voytik left Pitt as he entered it 31/2 years ago -- grateful for the opportunity, but eagerly awaiting a new challenge.

Pitt closed the chapter on its former starting quarterback Monday when Voytik, who was recruited by one coach and played for two others, said he will transfer after he graduates this spring.

"It's exciting, but it's tough, too," he said. "I do it with a heavy heart. It's tough leaving those guys."

This was not the career path Voytik envisioned a year ago when he entered the offseason as Pitt's incumbent starter. But coach Pat Narduzzi and his first offensive coordinator, Jim Chaney, wanted competition at the quarterback position. They added Nathan Peterman, a graduate transfer from Tennessee, to the roster.

Peterman, who worked with Chaney when both were at Tennessee, didn't arrive until after spring practice, but he competed with Voytik in summer camp and played the entire second half of the Akron game, the second of the season.

By the next week, when Pitt was preparing for perhaps its toughest game of the season against Iowa, Peterman became the starter and Voytik was his backup.

"It was tough having to give up my role, but I thought I took my new role well," Voytik said. "I wasn't shocked with how things turned out, but it was not as I expected."

Voytik played sparingly after the Akron game, mainly in special read-option packages. He attempted three passes in the final 11 games.

He holds no grudge or bitterness. "I learned a lot along the way," he said.

Voytik, 21, will be best remembered as the leader of Pitt's 2012 recruiting class, the player who worked hard to keep the group together after the abrupt departure of former coach Todd Graham. Voytik built a close relationship with several members of that class from his home in Cleveland, Tenn., and persuaded some to honor their commitment.

Voytik redshirted that year, and he had his first extended action in the second half of the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl after the 2013 season when starter Tom Savage was injured. He led Pitt to a 30-27 victory over Bowling Green, completing 5 of 9 passes for 108 yards and rushing twice for 24 yards and a touchdown. He broke a 20-20 tie by directing a six-play, 98-yard drive, including a 62-yard completion to wide receiver Tyler Boyd, that he capped by running 5 yards for a touchdown. …

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