Kedon Slovis transferring to Pittsburgh: Ex-USC starting QB in line to replace Heisman finalist Kenny Pickett

Former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis will transfer to Pittsburgh, the junior announced in the Players’ Tribune on Tuesday. Slovis has up to two years of eligibility remaining with the Panthers. 

Slovis started three years at USC, throwing for 7,576 yards and 58 touchdowns with a 68.4% completion percentage. As a junior, he added 2,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in just nine games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. 

His departure comes weeks after Lincoln Riley was hired from Oklahoma to take over the program. USC now has two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, one of whom, freshman Jaxon Dart, threw for 1,353 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in six games for the Trojans this season. 

“I was so excited when Coach Narduzzi called, because I knew that Pitt and this program were the right fit for me to keep developing into the best leader I can be,” Slovis wrote. “I’m ready to win now — and talking to the players who are returning, and seeing how hungry they are for next season, that got me pumped. They have a lot of talented players coming back. And, man … getting to throw the ball to the guy who just won the Biletnikoff?? That’s something you don’t pass up. The culture and identity that Coach Narduzzi has created is everything I want to be a part of.”

Slovis arrives at Pitt after the Panthers won the ACC championship in 2021 — the first outright conference championship in program history. Starting quarterback Kenny Pickett was named a Heisman finalist after throwing for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior, while sophomore receiver Jordan Addison won the Biletnikoff Trophy after catching 93 passes for 1,479 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

Here’s what Slovis’ transfer decision means heading forward. 

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