Kenny Pickett announces he will opt out of Peach Bowl, prepare for 2022 NFL Draft
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett has played his final game of college football.
Pickett announced on Friday that he will forego the opportunity to play for the Panthers in the Peach Bowl in order to begin preparing for the 2022 NFL Draft.
— Kenny Pickett (@kennypickett10) December 17, 2021
Simply put, there was very little left for Pickett to accomplish at Pitt. He already holds every feasible single-season and career passing record at Pitt, surpassing marks set by players like Dan Marino. Pickett also now holds the ACC’s single-season touchdown record with 42 after passing Deshaun Watson in the ACC Championship Game.
Pickett is second in ACC history with 12,303 passing yards, trailing only Phillip Rivers (13,484). Pickett and Rivers are the only quarterbacks in ACC history to reach 12,000 yards in a career.
He also led Pitt to its first ACC Championship in program history. The Panthers won 11 games for the first time since 1981.
After entering the season off the NFL Draft radar, Pickett now has a chance to be the first quarterback off the board in next year’s draft. With highly-touted passers like Spencer Rattler and Sam Howell struggling for much of 2021, there’s room for Pickett to make a statement during the pre-draft process.
Pitt faces Michigan State in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30.