21 October 2011
Yeah, there have been a disproportionate number of Chad Voytik related posts the past month. That's probably due to some combination of his growing accolades and the poor performance of his future teammates currently at the position.
But there is actual Chad Voytik news today, so let's do this.
First, Chad Voytik's Cleveland, Tennessee team will be on ESPNU tonight at 8:00:
ESPNU cameras will broadcast the Channel 3 Friday Night Football Game of the Week live from Cleveland High School at 8 p.m. ET Friday night, adding a little extra incentive for both sides in a game that has never lacked intensity.
"You'd like to say it's any ordinary football game, but you can't," said Bradley Central head coach Damon Floyd. "In every Bradley-Cleveland game there's a lot of emotion and a lot of pride at stake. It's what high school athletics are all about.
"But (ESPNU) adds a lot, to be honest. There's a little distraction leading up, and it's a great opportunity for the kids, community and both teams. But I think once we get a couple plays in nobody's going to be worried about the cameras."
Cleveland may have an added advantage in ignoring the hoopla surrounding the national telecast. The Blue Raiders have had cameras at their practices all season with a documentary film crew following quarterback Chad Voytik for an upcoming reality show on Versus.
The article has a lot of Voytik quotes, so check it out. And how is Voytik doing this season?:
Having committed to play for the University of Pittsburgh next season, Voytik has proved to be as dangerous with his legs as well as his arm this season.
Gaining 1,500 yards so far this season, the Raider field general has completed 92-of-159 passes for 1,071 yards including six touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also gained 429 yards on 73 rushes, with seven hitting paydirt.
The six touchdowns to seven interceptions isn't good, but according to conversations with Chris Peak on Twitter, Voytik has little help. I'm going to rely on his titles ("Army All-American" and "Elite 11") to judge him then.
Secondly, Mike White of the Post-Gazette talked to Voytik's coach and he had some, ahem, interesting things to say regarding Chad and the current crop of Pitt QBs:
Now, Voytik can't help but notice Pitt's problems at quarterback. He visited Pitt for the Notre Dame game.
"He's commented to me a few times on their quarterback play," Slaughter said. "He does want to play early. He'll go up there, be a student of the game, do everything he can to be on the field and he'll be a great citizen. Those other guys [at Pitt] better get their act together because he wants to beat them out next year."
Obviously, what a high school coach in Tennessee says really doesn't matter, but it's certainly fun for the fans. As the he points out later in the article, it will be an up-hill battle for Voytik no matter who's the incumbent starter for Pitt. I wouldn't bet on a true freshman beating out an incumbent senior in a system that has proven tougher than estimated to learn, but it will certainly provide for an interesting spring and summer.
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