Former Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec is transferring to Pitt, committing to the coaching staff Monday morning.
Jurkovec told ESPN’s Pete Thamel, “I’m thankful to Coach Narduzzi and Coach Cignetti and the University of Pittsburgh for allowing me the opportunity to come home and compete.”
Jurkovec, who hails from Pittsburgh and started his collegiate career at Notre Dame, transferred to Boston College after two seasons with the Fighting Irish. He’s been Boston College’s starting QB for the last three years.
In 2020, Jurkovec completed 205-of-336 passes (61.0%) for 2,558 yards with a 17/5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He ran for 150 yards and three TDs.
In Week 2 of 2021, Jurkovec was forced to leave a Week 2 win at UMass during the second possession with what was deemed as a season-ending hand injury. However, he missed only six games before making a surprising return for a Friday night home game vs. Va. Tech.
Although he wasn’t even close to 100 percent, Jurkovec started the last four games of the year. He led the Eagles to a 17-3 home win over the Hokies by rushing for 65 yards and one TD on nine attempts.
After shaking the rust off vs. Va. Tech, Jurkovec completed 13-of-20 throws for 310 yards and two TDs without an interception in a 41-30 win at Ga. Tech. He also produced 71 rushing yards and three TDs on just eight carries.
For the season, Jurkovec connected on 54.2 percent of his passes for 914 yards with a 7/4 TD-INT ratio. He had 322 rushing yards and five TDs while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
Boston College lost all five of its starting offensive linemen from the 2021 campaign. With a young group in front of him that also had to deal with a few injuries, pass protection was an issue all year.
Jurkovec stayed healthy for the first eight games before being sidelined for the last four due to injuries. Boston College struggled to a 2-6 record in his eight starts.
He completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,711 yards with an 11/8 TD-INT ratio. The 6-foot-5, 226-pound signal caller had negative 43 rushing yards and only one TD.
For his career, Jurkovec has connected on 59.7 percent of his throws for 5,405 yards with a 37/17 TD-INT ratio. He has 568 rushing yards and nine TDs.
After losing Kenny Pickett to the 2022 NFL Draft, Pitt had Southern Cal transfer Kedon Slovis as its starting QB this season. Slovis, who entered the transfer portal yesterday, completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 2,397 yards with a 10/9 TD-INT ratio in 11 games.
The Panthers finished the regular season 8-4 straight up and 5-7 against the spread. They’re set to face UCLA in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Dec. 30. The Bruins are 6.5-point favorites at most books with a total of 57.5.
Jurkovec will reunite with Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, who was his OC at BC in 2020 and ’21 before he left to join Narduzzi’s staff.