GAINESVILLE, Fla. – While their son prepared to chat with reporters on a Zoom call last Saturday in a room adjacent to Florida’s locker room, Theresa and Kelly Pitts stood outside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium waiting for him to appear from inside the stadium’s underbelly.
Theresa and Kelly traveled from their home on the outskirts of Philadelphia to watch the Gators play at Ole Miss in the season opener. What they saw was the finest game of their son’s career. Actually, what the Pittses witnessed was the finest game by any Gators tight end in school history.
In Florida’s 51-35 victory, junior Kyle Pitts caught eight passes for 170 yards and four touchdowns, rewriting the school record books in the span of four hours on an overcast afternoon in Oxford, Miss. The performance captured not only the attention of Gators fans, but of the national media and college football enthusiasts across the country who might not have otherwise seen the game if not for the revamped 2020 season due to COVID-19.
For those impressed by Pitts’ performance – his stiff arm on Ole Miss linebacker Jacquez Jones during his 71-yard touchdown catch seemed resonate most with the social media crowd – Kelly Pitts sort of knows