QB Slovis says he’s moving from Pitt to BYU

It was announced Saturday that quarterback Kedon Sloves is transferring to BYU.

Slovis, who played for Pitt last year, is one of the most successful quarterbacks on the NCAA team, throwing for 9,973 yards over four seasons. This will be Sloves’ third collegiate destination and third different league, as he played for USC in the Pac-12 (2019-21) and with the Panthers in the ACC (2022).

Slovis chirp Thanks to Pete coach Pat Narduzzi, he is “excited about this new chapter and can’t wait to get down to business.”

He will compete to win the starting job at BYU for the program’s first season in the Big 12, which BYU joins after becoming an independent since 2011. Slovis has one year of eligibility remaining.

In his three seasons at USC, Slovis has 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 that season while completing 71.9% of his passes.

Sources tell ESPN that level of subtlety appealed to the BYU staff, who developed both Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall into NFL prospects. BYU has averaged over 31 points per game in the past three seasons as coach Kalani Setaki has leaned back into the program’s wide-open-passing roots.

Since 2020, when Wilson exploded to become the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the lowest pass production for a BYU starting quarterback is Hall’s 2,583 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021.

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

Last year in Pittsburgh, he had the worst statistical year of his career. He completed only 58.4% of his passes and threw 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions as Jordan Addison’s transfer to USC in late spring lowered Pitt’s Air Force ambitions.

BYU has traditionally been characterized by strong offensive lines, elite tight ends, and players with solid skill. Slovis’ arrival signals a commitment to a wide open system that should be attractive to both transfers and recruits trying to find a team where they can put in big numbers.

After visiting Slovis recently, sources said he took the initiative to get receivers’ phone numbers to text them and build a relationship.

The Cougars went 8-5 this season, a dip from double-digit consecutive winning seasons in part due to a porous defense. BYU has shaken up its defensive staff in the offseason, hiring Weber State head coach Jay Hill, as a way to solidify the program as it heads to the Big 12.

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

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