Panthers QB Voytik closing in on starting job

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm •  Published: August 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst isn't saying much about his starting quarterback competition. Maybe that's because Chryst's decisions on who gets the snaps in practice is doing all the talking for him.

Sophomore Chad Voytik took the majority of the reps with the first team during a scrimmage over the weekend, and it's almost certain he'll be the one under center when the Panthers open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Delaware.

While Chryst stressed Voytik is "still learning," the coach has been impressed with his command of the offense during camp.

"I've never been around a quarterback who doesn't go through growing pains," Chryst said. "But he's a knowledgeable player. I think he's got a good knowledge base and he's working to keep it growing."

Voytik redshirted in 2012 and took his first reps in 2013, playing in three regular season games. A lot of that time was spent learning Chryst's system and preparing for the day he would take over.

Chryst, who won a state title as a high school quarterback in Wisconsin, has taken over duties as quarterbacks coach. The list of his proteges include Derek Anderson at Oregon State and 2014 Super Bowl-winner Russell Wilson at Wisconsin.

"I couldn't ask for a better offensive mind to guide me through his offense," Voytik said. "He's always putting things in perspective, and he understands."

So far, the biggest teaching point for Voytik has been adjusting to a more traditional offense after spending much of his time in high school working out of the spread.

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