Pittsburgh Football: WR Tyler Boyd Will Be Even More Dynamic With Chad Voytik Under Center

Pittsburgh's Star Recevier Tyler Boyd Will Be Even More Dynamic With Chad Voytik Under Center

5/16/14 in NCAAF   |   Nick_Kaminsky   |   29 respect

Chad Voytik didn’t expect to play in the 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Bowling Green. He had been backing up senior quarterback Tom Savage the entire year. But after a rib injury to Savage, Voytik’s number was called upon to lead the Panthers. Blog Photo - Pittsburgh Football: WR Tyler Boyd Will Be Even More Dynamic With Chad Voytik Under Center
 
So what did Voytik do? Well if you thought he would crunch under the pressure and look like a freshman quarterback, you’d be dead wrong.
 
Voytik went 5-of-9 through the air with 108 yards and added a rushing touchdown. Those aren’t great numbers but he did connect with fellow freshman Tyler Boyd on a 62-yard bomb, which ultimately led to the Panthers taking a 27-20 lead.
 
Boyd is an absolute star at receiver. He even broke Larry Fitzgerald’s school record for a freshman with 1,174 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. But that was with Savage under center, now he has to adjust to a more mobile quarterback in Voytik.
 
Boyd is also adjusting to a new position coach, as Bobby Engram (former receivers coach) left to take a job with the Baltimore Ravens.
 
"Tyler and I talked about it," head coach Paul Chryst said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "You can look at it two ways -- either 'Bobby left' or 'We had a chance to be with Bobby.' He's taken to [new receivers coach] Greg [Lewis], and I feel really good about that."
 
So yes there will be change for Boyd, but he needs to focus on what he did right in 2013—which was destroying opposing corners.
 
This change may be good to Boyd.
 
Voytik was recruited for former coach Todd Graham’s offense, which emphasized mobility in his spread offense. But speed is speed, which will be very useful to Voytik in Chryst’s offense as well.
 
So how is this beneficial to Boyd? Broken plays (the quarterback getting outside the pocket and going into “backyard football” mode).
 
If Voytik is able to elude defenders and buy some time outside the pocket, the safeties may just take their eyes off the receiver and come up for run support—watch Johnny Manziel throw to Mike Evans at Texas A&M, it happened quite often.
 
So when Voytik throws a deep 50/50 ball to Boyd who’s one-on-one with a corner, I’ll go with the star receiver every time.
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