Where Did Kedon Slovis Go to School? Exploring Slovis’ Football Journey

BYU QB Kedon Slovis hopes to hear his name called in the 2024 NFL Draft. Let's revisit his past and discover how he got to where he is today.

BYU QB Kedon Slovis spent five years at college spanning three different schools. Let’s revisit his path to the 2024 NFL Draft and see how productive he can be at the next level.

Where Did Kedon Slovis’ Football Career Start?

Slovis went to Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his head coach was Kurt Warner. In his final two years at Desert Mountain, Slovis amassed 5,549 passing yards and 50 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions.

Slovis was a three-star recruit and received offers from eight colleges, and after graduating from high school early, Slovis enrolled at USC in January 2019.

Revisiting Slovis’ College Career

USC

As a true freshman in 2019, Slovis was the backup to J.T. Daniels. Unfortunately for Daniels, he went down in the first game of the season, thrusting Slovis into the starting role.

Slovis would start the remainder of the season, completing a stellar 71.9% of his passes, throwing for 3,502 yards, 30 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

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Slovis entered the 2020 season as a Heisman candidate. Of course, as we now know, that year was mired by the pandemic. As a result, Slovis only started six games, throwing for 1,921 yards, 17 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. His completion percentage dipped to a still impressive 67%. This would be a troubling theme for him, though.

As a junior in 2021, Slovis started nine games, throwing for 2,153 yards with just 11 touchdowns against eight interceptions. His completion percentage fell to 65%.

After struggling mightily in a year that should’ve cemented him as a top NFL prospect, Slovis decided to leave USC and transferred to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh

At Pitt, things did not improve for Slovis. In 2022, Slovis played 11 games, throwing for 2,397 yards, 10 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. His completion percentage plummeted to 58.4%, marking a third consecutive year of decline.

After just one year at Pitt, Slovis sought another change of scenery. He chose to exercise the additional year of eligibility granted to all active players from the COVID year and transferred to BYU.

BYU

Slovis’ final attempt at reviving his NFL Draft stock did not succeed. In his lone year at BYU, Slovis played eight games, throwing for 1,716 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions. For a fourth consecutive year, his completion percentage declined, bottoming out at 57.5%.

With no years of eligibility remaining, Slovis declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Slovis’ Potential in the NFL

Pro Football Network draft analyst Ian Cummings observed the same gradual decline from a player who should have been getting better.

“Slovis experienced a steady, five-year fall from grace after a historic true freshman season at USC. His final year at BYU was a continuation of the middling production he’d seen in years prior, but there are occasional flashes of his 2019 form.”

The physical ability is good enough. But as Cummings explains, Slovis doesn’t quite have the mental aspect where it needs to be.

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“When Slovis is confident, he can rip the ball with decent velocity and get it to his receivers on time, with precision. And his relatively sound mechanics help bring about consistent accuracy. Slovis’ problem is confidence — both in himself and in his reads — appears hard to come by at times.

As an independent processor, he leaves much to be desired. Slovis’ intermediate passing game is virtually non-existent with his lack of high-level velocity and anticipation, and his inability to consistently synch his mechanics to his eyes only exacerbates the issue.”

Unfortunately, Cummings does not expect Slovis to be drafted.

“Slovis grades out as an undrafted free agent QB prospect on my 2024 NFL Draft board. There’s a chance he could field PFA interest with a good offseason, but he’ll have work to do if he wants to carve out a place in the NFL.”

Highlights, Records, and More

It’s rare for a projected UDFA to have much in the way of individual accolades. But Slovis’ freshman season was truly incredible.

Slovis’ 3,502 passing yards and 30 touchdowns were the most by a freshman in 2019. His 71.9% completion percentage was the highest in NCAA history for a freshman. His performance earned him Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. He also was given the FWAA Most Inspirational Freshman Award.

In 2020, despite a bit of a step back in performance, Slovis still was able to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

While players should be improving as they go deeper into their collegiate careers, Slovis went in the opposite direction. The entirety of his accomplishments came in his freshman and sophomore seasons. Sadly, those years will very likely end up being the peak of his footballing career.

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