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Pitt’s Kenny Pickett to skip Peach Bowl vs. Michigan State, begin NFL Draft preparation

The Heisman finalist from Pitt will make his decision about the bowl game next week.

Heisman candidate quarterback Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh speaks to the media during a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Update Dec. 16 9:30 p.m. Pickett has chosen to enter the NFL Draft, and will skip the New Year’s Six Bowl.

Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett indicated on Saturday that he’ll make a decision about his status for the Peach Bowl next week. He said this while speaking to the media prior to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City.

Pitt is schedule to face Michigan State in the Peach Bowl on Thursday, December 30 in what would presumably be the final time the Heisman finalist would suit up for the Panthers.

A fifth-year senior, Pickett elevated himself into the conversation of the nation’s elite quarterback while shattering every program passing record in the process. He completed 67.2% of his passes this season and threw for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions while leading his team to its first ever ACC Championship. That scored him the honor of going to New York City for the Heisman ceremony.

His amazing super-senior season has also shot him up the 2022 NFL Draft boards, where he is currently projected as a first round pick. It would be understandable if he decides to call it a day and sit out the bowl game in Atlanta, but we shall find out his decision soon enough.