By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pickett – who is projected to be a first-round draft pick – will not play with his teammates in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Panthers play the Michigan State Spartans.
On Thursday, Kenneth Walker III, the star running back for the Spartans, decided to forgo the game, as well.
“To the University of Pittsburgh, thank you for all that you have given me over the past five years,” Pickett said in a Instagram post. “Coach [Pat] Narduzzi, thank you for being by my side throughout my entire career and teaching me life lessons every step of the way. One of the best moments of my football career was standing on stage with you, the team, and our ACC Championship trophy. I will never forget our victory and everything it took to get us there. Coach [Mark] Whipple, I’m so proud to have learned from you. Together, we accomplished all of our goals and I wish you nothing but the best in the future. To my teammates, the memories we have made will last a lifetime.
“I am thankful for all of the friendships I’ve made and I look forward to keeping these bonds as we move on to the next chapter of our lives. To the fans, thank you for all of your support throughout my career. I am incredibly proud to say I was part of the team that brought back another trophy to the City of Champions. With love and gratitude, I have decided to forgo the Peach Bowl and begin training for the 2022 NFL Draft. Thank you, Pittsburgh!”
Pickett has gone 334 of 497 for 4,319 yards in 13 games this season. He also has 42 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
In addition, he also has 98 carries for 233 yards and five more touchdowns.
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