Christian Veilleux left Penn State for Pitt last December armed with the possibility that he could one day assuming a starting role.
He’s getting his chance sooner than many originally anticipated. Veilleux, who played quarterback for the Nittany Lions from 2021-22, was named as Pitt’s starter by coach Pat Narduzzi during his weekly news conference on Monday, ahead of the Panthers’ Week 7 game vs. No. 15 Louisville.
The Ottawa, Ontario native will replace Phil Jurkovec, who struggled in five games this season, completing just 50.9% of his passes for 818 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Jurkovec transferred to Pitt from Boston College in December, 13 days before Veilleux committed to the Panthers.
At 1-4, Pitt is off to its worst five-game start since 2005. It is tied for 96th among 130 FBS teams in scoring offense, at 23.4 points per game. In four games against FBS opponents this season, it is averaging just 18 points per contest.
“I felt like we needed a spark at that position,” Narduzzi said on Monday.