Pitt Transfer QB Immediately Eligible

Joey Yellen joins the battle to be back-up quarterback
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – While Pitt has established, senior quarterback Kenny Pickett to lead the offense this year. The back-up for this season and the future of the position is up for grabs and now another player is added to the mix.

Pitt announced the NCAA granted immediate eligibility to redshirt freshman quarterback Joey Yellen, who joined the Panthers in January following a transfer from Arizona State.

“This is outstanding news for Joey and our entire program,” Coach Pat Narduzzi said in a release. “He’s been such a great addition, on and off the field, for us. We’re thrilled for him and his family. We are all very grateful for our compliance staff’s excellent work throughout this process.”

“I’m very happy to have received this news from the NCAA, and I appreciate them making this decision on my situation,” Yellen said. “I am excited to be able to be available for my team this season and look forward to helping out any way I can.”

Yellen was 22-3 with 57 touchdown passes in two seasons at Mission Viejo High School in California.

The 6’3”, 216 pounder played in one game at Arizona State last year, losing to USC 31-26, but threw for 4 touchdowns and 292 yards.

Yellen was part of the sixth practice of Fall camp on Friday.  The Panthers cancelled Thursday’s practice because a few players had coronavirus symptoms, but the tests came back negative.