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Pickett’s back-up hurt in 1st quarter of Peach Bowl

93.7 The Fan
93.7 The Fan
 2021-12-31

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – It was going to be Nick Patti’s big opportunity to grab the early spot as the Panthers starting quarterback for 2022. Until he left with an injury in the first quarter.

The junior with a couple of years of eligibility made his second career start against Michigan State.  Backed up to their own two-yard line after a mistake on the opening kickoff, Patti threw a couple of incompletions on his opening drive.

Patti would complete his first pass on the second play of the following drive, hitting Jordan Addison for 13 yards.  He would rush for a combined 11 yards before another completion to Addison for eight yards.  On a third and four from the Michigan State 16-yard line, Patti would roll out to his left and decide to go for the end zone.

He looked like the Kenny Pickett highlight from his first start against second-ranked Miami diving for the pylon.  Like Pickett, Patti would score.  However, as players came over to celebrate, you could tell something was wrong as tight ends Lucas Krull and Gavin Bartholomew were being suddenly careful.

The New Jersey native would head to the locker room and come back out with his left arm in a sling.  Patti would finish 2 of 5 for 21 yards, plus 27 yards rushing.

Patti replaced by redshirt sophomore Davis Beville and will compete with USC transfer Kedon Slovis next season to replace Pickett.

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