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Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 37-36 loss to UNC.

Conner averaged 4.1 YPC with a long run of 27 yards. While he did score in the contest -- something he has done in all four of Pitt's games this season -- it was Quadree Henderson who led the Panthers in rushing with 107 yards. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner did catch four passes for 64 yards to help pad out his stats. For the season, he has rushed for 347 yards and four touchdowns.
Sep 24 - 7:44 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Saturday's 45-38 loss to Oklahoma State.

Conner scored from one yard out with 5:04 remaining in the first half. This makes two games in a row in which he has surpassed 100 yards rushing and three in a row in which he has scored a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder has tallied 281 yards on the ground through three contests and will look to add to that tally when the Panthers square off with North Carolina next Saturday.
Sep 17 - 9:41 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt senior Dontez Ford underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone, according to his high school coach.

Foord hopes to return to the field for the school's bowl game, which would be his final collegiate game. Ford played int he first two games of the season, catching two passes for 14 yards after hauling in 505 yards and two touchdowns as a fill in for Tyler Boyd. Head coach Pat Narduzzi refused to comment on the injury.
Source: Trib Live
Sep 16 - 10:30 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Pittsburgh senior G Dorian Johnson has put himself in the position to possibly be a Rd. 1 pick this spring.

Johnson acquitted himself well over the weekend in Pittsburgh's win over Penn State. The Panthers had 341 yards rushing on the day. "Johnson dominated Penn State defenders on the line of scrimmage and looked surprisingly effective as a pulling guard or blocking straight ahead on the second level," Pauline wrote. "Initially graded as a potential second round pick, Johnson continues to impress next level decision makers and could break into the draft’s top 32 selections."
Sep 13 - 9:55 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner carried the ball 22 times for 117 yards and a touchdown in the school's 42-39 win over Penn State.

Conner added another touchdown and 29 yards on four receptions. The veteran running back did lose a fumble near his own goal line, setting Penn State up in favorable position. This old rivalry game returned this year and it was awesome. Conner was relied on early and late, running to the second level and creating yards after contact. He was not pleased with his week one performance, so perhaps Conner feels better about this one.
Sep 10 - 4:08 PM

Pittsburgh senior QB Nathan Peterman completed 19-of-32 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Villanova.

Peterman wasn't exactly smoking the Wildcats on Saturday, but he played well enough in a forgettable sort of way. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound senior tossed a nine-yard touchdown to RB James Conner with under 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He wouldn't strike again until the fourth quarter, when he found Jester Weah for a 16-yard score. Peterman threw for 2,287 yards with a 20/8 TD/INT ratio in 2015.
Sep 3 - 6:38 PM

Playing for the first time since early September of 2015, Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Saturday's 28-7 win over Villanova.

Conner, of course, has overcome a torn MCL and a cancer diagnosis over the past year. While the 6-foot, 250-pound redshirt junior averaged just 3.1 YPC in the contest, he led the team with his 17 carries (Qadree Ollison was next highest with seven totes of the rock). He would come in to score on a three-yard rush -- with accompanying stiff arm -- midway through the second quarter. Before the clock hit zero on the half, he also hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass. Pitt will square off with Penn State next Saturday as Conner looks to continue to knock off the understandable rust.
Sep 3 - 5:08 PM

Pitt RB coach Andre Powell said that the staff was "really encouraged" by redshirt junior RB James Conner's performance in scrimmage on Saturday.

The Panthers continue to monitor and limit Conner's touches as he makes his way back from a torn MCL and Hodgkin's lymphoma (on both fronts, he is said to be doing well health-wise), but these limitations are of the precautionary nature only. To wit, Powell said that there is "no doubt about it" that the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder will start the season-opener against Villanova. He rumbled his way to 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns during a healthy 2014 campaign. Just how much Pittsburgh places on his plate initially remains to be seen.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 4:00 PM

Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi recently noted that redshirt junior RB James Conner could be worked into the passing game more in 2016.

If Conner can bump his catch-production from "non-existent" to "on occasion," that would count as an improvement. Through 26 games, the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder has just nine receptions to his fair name. Even in his breakout 2014 season, Conner only hauled in five. All signs point to a healthy return come the start of the 2016 campaign, as he has slayed both a torn MCL and Hodgkins lymphoma over the last almost-year.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 8 - 12:40 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore S Jordan Whitehead is "already a really good player," says an anonymous ACC coach.

"Whitehead, the freshman defensive back, really caught our eye, and they also used him on offense some at the end of the season," he said. Over the winter, ESPN's Travis Haney wrote that Whitehead could become the Panthers' best secondary piece since Darrelle Revis. Rival coaches also showered praise on the Panthers defense as a whole. "They are a solid, sound football team that is really tough to prepare for because [Pat] Narduzzi is so multiple in the defensive looks they give you, and they have some good talent," a different coach said.
Aug 5 - 5:58 PM

Pittsburgh senior QB Nathan Peterman impressed a rival ACC coach with his 2015 play.

"I was impressed with the way Nathan Peterman stepped up and took control of the team," he said. "He was an unknown quantity, but he kept it simple and didn’t make a lot of mistakes. He’s not real flashy but he did a nice job managing the game." The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder is a pure game manager. He completed 61.5-percent of his passes (second in the ACC) for 2,287 yards and a 20/8 TD/INT rate last year.
Aug 4 - 8:12 PM

A rival ACC coach believes Pitt redshirt sophomore RB Qadree Ollison is "nowhere near the talent" level of senior RB James Conner.

The coach was speaking on the basis of anonymity. Ollison was named the ACC offensive freshman of the year in 2015 after taking over for the injured Conner. He finished the season with 1,121 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, but is expected to back up Conner if the latter can return from both a knee injury and Hodgkin lymphoma. Pitt's offense ran through Tyler Boyd last year, but it will run through the backfield in 2016.
Aug 2 - 11:37 AM

Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi said that redshirt junior RB James Conner (knee/lymphoma) will be a full participant in August camp.

"We just have to monitor him a little bit, make sure we don't wear him out," Narduzzi said. "We have to be smart. You let him go out there for a two-a-day, but you don't have him out there every snap." Pitt will be monitoring him in a unique way, too -- he will wear a GPS device designed to track his movements and pace in practice, in order to help give Narduzzi and friends an idea of how he is progressing and when he might need a breather. Conner is on the mend from a traumatic 2015 season in which he tore his MCL in September and was subsequently diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 12:12 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt junior RB James Conner wrote at length about his experiences of battling lymphoma for the Players Tribune.

Conner has been working out this summer and is focused on his conditioning ahead of summer practice opening in August. The running back consistently pointed out that his return to the field against Villanova "is not going to be James Conner versus Villanova," but rather a team game. Conner tore his MCL last September and a cancer diagnosis followed, however, he rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014.
Jul 25 - 10:39 AM

Pittsburgh sophomore S Jordan Whitehead played in 85 percent of the defensive snaps as a true freshman.

Pro Football Focus graded Whitehead sixth-best overall among returning safeties. Whitehead ranked No. 2 with 15 run stops when playing in the box and he additionally had a very strong coverage grade. PFF also recently ranked Whitehead as the No. 70 overall player in college football.
Jul 10 - 12:24 PM


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