PITTSBURGH (AP) Kenny Pickett never doubted he'd be here.
Not as a scrawny 130-pound freshman quarterback growing up in New Jersey. Not when he enrolled early at Pittsburgh in the spring of 2017 as a distant third on the depth chart behind Max Browne and Ben DiNucci. Not last fall, when the losses piled up for the Panthers and Pickett kept running the scout team knowing head coach Pat Narduzzi wanted to redshirt him.
"Every week I (told) myself, I was going to be seen by the coaches because I was tearing up that defense," said Pickett, who enters as season entrenched as Pitt's starter following a dazzling sprint up the depth chart. "And it worked out."