QB Kedon Slovis joins BYU from Pitt

Quarterback Kedon Slovis is moving to BYU, he announced on Saturday.

Slovis, who played at Pitt last year, is one of the most accomplished college quarterbacks on the NCAA transfer portal, having threw for 9,973 yards in four seasons. It will be Slovis’ third collegiate goal and third different league, having played with USC in the Pac-12 (2019-21) and with the Panthers in the ACC (2022).

Slovis tweeted Thanks to Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi and said he’s excited for this new chapter and can’t wait to get to work.

He will be in contention for the first job at BYU for the program’s first season in the Big 12, which BYU joins after becoming independent in 2011. Slovis still has one year of eligibility.

In his three seasons at USC, Slovis completed 70% of his passes. His best season there came in 2019 when he won Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. He threw 30 touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season while completing 71.9% of his passes.

Sources told ESPN that the level of accuracy appealed to the BYU staff that made both Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall NFL prospects. BYU has averaged more than 31 points per game over the past three seasons as coach Kalani Sitake has leaned on the program’s wide-open passing roots.

Since Wilson was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft in 2020, Hall’s 2,583 yards and 20 touchdowns was the lowest passing performance by a BYU quarterback in 2021.

With only one year left of eligibility, Slovis emphasized fitness and system in his search for his final collegiate home.

Last year in Pittsburgh he had the statistically worst year of his career. He was completing just 58.4% of his passes and throwing for 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions as Jordan Addison’s late-spring move to USC belittled Pitt’s aerial ambitions.

BYU traditionally has strong offensive lines, elite tight ends, and strong players. Slovis’ arrival shows a commitment to a wide-open system that should appeal to both transfers and recruits trying to find a team where they can field big numbers.

After Slovis recently visited, sources said he took the initiative to get recipients’ phone numbers in order to text them and start a relationship.

The Cougars went 8-5 this season, a slip from consecutive double-digit winning seasons partly due to a holey defense. BYU shuffled its defense staff during the offseason, hiring Weber State head coach Jay Hill to solidify the program en route to the Big 12.

BYU won four straight games to end the 2022 season. These included a 24-23 win over SMU in the New Mexico Bowl and victories over Boise State and Stanford. They open the 2023 season with back-to-back home games against Sam Houston and Southern Utah.

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