Pitt names USC transfer Slovis as starting QB

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The Pitt Panthers have named USC transfer Kedon Slovis as the team's starting quarterback, the team announced on Wednesday.

Pitt names USC transfer Kedon Slovis as starting QB 10:37 AM ET Pete ThamelESPN Pittsburgh has informed USC transfer Kedon Slovis that he's going to be the starting quarterback, the team announced on Wednesday. Slovis beat out redshirt senior Nick Patti for the job. Slovis will replace Kenny Pickett , who led Pitt to the ACC title and emerged as a first-round pick last season. Slovis, an Arizona native, comes across the country with a strong reputation. He made 26 starts in three seasons at USC, throwing for 7,576 yards and 58 touchdowns. Editor's Picks ACC college football preview: Breaking down the conference's best players, games and more 9d Andrea Adelson and David Hale 1 Related Slovis' debut will coincide with the debut of new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr., who comes from Boston College and has a wealth of experience in the NFL. Slovis will start the opening game of the season against West Virginia , which is schedule for Sept. 1 on ESPN. It sets the stage for a potential match-up with one of his old teammates. West Virginia is expected to start former USC quarterback JT Daniels in the Thursday night opener next week, although no formal announcement has been made. The game will the be the first rivalry game between those historic rivals since 2