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Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's victory against FIU.

With Pittsburgh breaking in a new quarterback, destroying opponents during a 3-0 start, and feeding the ball to James Conner, Boyd hasn't been targeted as often as he was last year during his true freshman campaign. He has only 11 catches for 140 yards, though, at four touchdowns, he's only three scores short of last year's total. Expect Boyd to become a larger part of the offense as Chad Voytik becomes more comfortable and Pittsburgh finds itself in closer ACC games. Boyd finished his freshman season with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns, breaking Larry Fitzgerald's record for receiving yards by a Pitt freshman.
Sep 14 - 7:08 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner had 31 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 42-25 victory versus FIU on Saturday.

Amidst a timeshare last season, Conner had 799 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 146 carries (5.5 YPC). Already this season, with the job entirely his, Conner has rushed for 799 yards and eight touchdowns on 81 carries (6.7 YPC). An AFC scout told NFL.com last week that "Conner has his attention and he'll be watching to see if his initial comparison to Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy holds up throughout the season." The 6-foot-2, 250-pound is a Heisman candidate.
Sep 14 - 6:55 PM

Despite not being draft-eligible, Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner is "already turning heads within the scouting community," reports NFL.com.

"An AFC scout said Conner has his attention and he'll be watching to see if his initial comparison to Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy holds up throughout the season," noted the website. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner "is a run-and-scatter-the-bodies type of player," according to NFL.com. He ranks No. 2 in the FBS in rushing yards (367), is tied for the lead with five rushing scores and is averaging 7.3 yards per carry. After Friday's win over Boston College, we called Conner "a deep sleeper Heisman candidate." Hit the alarm clock: "He certainly has the size to withstand the rigors of the season," NFL.com concluded. "If Conner keeps it up, he'll find his way into the Heisman conversation."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 7:23 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings dominated in Saturday's game against Boston College, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Prior to the game against BC, Pauline tweeted that NFL scouts were giving Clemmings an early-round grade. Obviously, the analyst wasn't disappointed by Clemmings' performance. "[Clemmings'] blocking helped pave the way for a Pittsburgh offense which put up 414-yards of offense during the victory over Boston College," Pauline wrote. "What stood out most was the way the Panthers constantly ran behind Clemmings, picking up big chunks of yardage. Graded as a middle round choice, Clemmings is a mobile right tackle with the footwork and athleticism necessary to move to the blind-side but has the build of a guard best in a zone/motion blocking scheme."
Sep 9 - 5:22 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt junior Artie Rowell will undergo season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn left ACL, according to HC Coach Paul Chryst.

"I know I speak for our entire team in saying we are very disappointed for Artie," Chryst said in a released statement. "I’m certain he will attack his rehabilitation with everything he has to get himself ready for next season." The 6-foot-2, 315 pound Rowell was injured on Friday during the second quarter of Pitt's 30-20 win over Boston College. The Panthers prospect had been the starting center for Pitt for 15 consecutive games.
Sep 7 - 5:22 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner rushed 36 times for 214 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 30-20 win over Boston College.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner is an absolute load for defenders to wrestle to the ground. Across two games, he's already rushed for 367 yards and five touchdowns on 50 carries, a 7.3 yards per carry average. Pitt is proving to be better than expected, and they'll use their Mack Truck to grind down defenses in the second half of leads going forward, which should lead to a monster season. Conner is breaking the mold of Panthers' running backs set by former stars LeSean McCoy and Dion Lewis, and he's a deep sleeper Heisman candidate that needs to be monitored.
Sep 5 - 11:24 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had five receptions for 72 yards and a pair of scores in Friday's 30-20 victory against Boston College.

Boyd recovered quickly from a dislocated finger suffered against Delaware last week. He also provided 23 yards on two carries tonight. Boyd finished his true freshman season with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns, breaking Larry Fitzgerald's record for receiving yards by a Pitt freshman. The former four-star recruit, ranked by Rivals as the No. 12 wide receiver in the 2013 class, is one of the nation's most dangerous perimeter threats. If Chad Voytik develops, watch out.
Sep 5 - 11:12 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd is expected to play against Boston College despite dislocating his finger versus Delaware.

Boyd has been practicing with the team this week, so it has been a quick turnaround. The receiver is one of the best in the country, but his stats might not show it thanks to sub-par quarterback play.
Sep 3 - 9:49 AM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd suffered a dislocated finger on his left hand against Delaware and did not return.

Before he left, Boyd recorded three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. The receiver is one of the nation's best and will receive plenty of buzz this year and during the offseason.
Aug 30 - 5:20 PM

Pittsburgh named redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik starting quarterback.

No surprise here. The former top recruit -- the No. 4 pro-style QB coming out of high school -- beat out senior Trey Anderson to replace Tom Savage. In 2012, Voytik redshirted behind Tino Sunseri (this is the third straight year the Panthers will break in a new starting QB). Voytik had a star turn in last season's Little Caesars Bowl win over Bowling Green, throwing for 108 yards on nine attempts and rushing for a touchdown while coming on in relief of an injured Savage.
Aug 21 - 7:15 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says scouts "speak well of" Pittsburgh redshirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound OT began his career at DE, transitioning to tackle during the 2012 season. "Scouts speak well of right tackle Trevor Clemmings and with good reason," Pauline wrote. "He’s a nimble and quick lineman effective on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion. While I list him as a tackle I think in the end Clemmings will be used at guard for a zone/motion blocking system." Clemmings started all 13 games last season for the Panthers at right tackle.
Aug 19 - 8:30 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt senior OLB Todd Thomas has durability concerns, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"For two seasons now I’ve graded Todd Thomas as a solid weakside linebacker and potential draftable prospect," Pauline wrote. "He shows good range and ability in space as well as skills in coverage. Thomas, who’s had several knee surgeries, indicated prior to the start of last season he was leaving the Pittsburgh program before reversing course. Both must be looked into." Thomas collected 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior last season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Thomas runs a 4.68 forty.
Aug 19 - 7:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he's higher on redshirt junior CB Lafayette Pitts than anybody else.

Pitts tallied 44 tackles, three TFLs, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 12 starts and one additional appearance last year. "I might be the only person to stamp cornerback Lafayette Pitts with a second/third round grade but I’ll take my chances," Pauline wrote. "The past two seasons I’ve watched Pitts develop into a steady and sometimes spectacular corner. For the most part he plays solid football and stays away from mental mistakes. I like him as a prospect now and think he offers a good amount of upside." In addition to his coverage work, Pitts led the Panthers with 439 kickoff return yards on 19 attempts (23.1 average).
Aug 19 - 6:59 PM

Pittsburgh plans to use sophomore WR Tyler Boyd on punt returns in the fall, and is not concerned with the possibility of increasing his chance of injury.

"We don't look at it that way, that he's going to get killed," Panthers' special teams coach Chris Haering said. "We look at it just like you would on offense. We've got good guys that are out there blocking the returns. So our hope is you don't get free runners and guys that are going to get blown up." Boyd finished his true freshman season with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns, breaking Larry Fitzgerald's record for receiving yards by a Pitt freshman. The former four-star recruit was ranked by Rivals as the No. 12 wide receiver in the 2013 class. "Tyler is a special kid," Haering said. "He is excited to do it, too — 100 percent bought in."
Aug 10 - 10:16 PM

Pittsburgh suspended CB Titus Howard for the 2014 season for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

Head coach Paul Chryst announced the suspension of the projected starter. Howard can practice and participate in team activities during the suspension. Junior Trenton Coles is a frontrunner to take Howard's projected spot in the lineup.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:22 PM


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