Leading up to Pittsburgh’s 38-21 loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday night, it wasn’t until earlier in the morning that Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi announced that Phil Jurkovec was going to start at quarterback.
The Boston College transfer was coming off an injury the week before against North Carolina, but he was able to start against the Hokies, but that decision backfired on Narduzzi. Chris Marve’s defense had their best game in the last two seasons and frustrated the sixth-year signal caller, sacked him four times and only allowed two touchdowns on a 75-yard and a 61-yard pass. Other than that, the Hokies were chasing I’m all night, forcing out of the pocket, and even forcing a third-quarter fumble that Virginia Tech quarterback Kyron Drones turned into a 10-yard touchdown run three plays later.
Wednesday, it was reported that Jurkovec was being benched during the Panthers bye week, but the situation took a wild turn in recent days with the news of him switching positions.
Phil Jurkovec reportedly switching positions for Pittsburgh
Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that Jurkovec was going to switch positions and was taking snaps as a tight end and running routes during practice. If that is the case and Narduzzi makes the switch and moves Jurkovec to tight end, what a wild story that would be.
No, seriously, it would be wild. Imagine a Hokies defense in 2023 that had trouble stopping the run entering the Pittsburgh game and also struggled at times defending the pass and was allowing big plays has forced a sixth-year quarterback to go from behind center to running pass routes in the ACC.
Jurkovec certainly has the body for a tight end at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, but I still can’t get the thought out of my head that a Virginia Tech defense under the leadership of Marve and Brent Pry has forced an ACC QB from quarterback to tight end. Certainly, 2023 has been nothing short of crazy storylines with the Hokies and teams they have already played.