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Pittsburgh redshirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings has left ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl "extremely impressed" in 2014.

"We've seen him live twice through four games and have come away extremely impressed," they write. "Clemmings, who played just two years of high school football and was recruited as a defensive tackle, was forced to offensive tackle last year due to injuries. He had his share of struggles. However, he appears more comfortable in his second season at the position and is showing better awareness. At nearly 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Clemmings has a long and athletic-looking frame with tons of untapped potential that has created a big buzz within inner scouting circles." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in the preseason that NFL scouts "speak well of" Clemmings. He added earlier this month: "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 30 - 10:08 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner had 25 carries for 92 yards in Pittsburgh's loss to Akron on Saturday.

Conner's Heisman candidacy has cratered almost as quickly as it sprouted. Pittsburgh has failed to win in consecutive weeks as home favorites, and Conner was dominant in neither game. He came into this game No. 1 in Division I-A with 699 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. An AFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month 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."
Sep 27 - 6:46 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had six receptions for 72 yards in Saturday's 21-10 upset loss to Akron.

The former four-star recruit is lagging behind last season's torrid statistical pace, but perhaps that was to be expected in the shift from Tom Savage to Chad Voytik. He's got 27 catches for 365 yards and four scores in 2014. Boyd broke Larry Fitzgerald's freshman receiving yard record by collecting 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns last year.
Sep 27 - 6:33 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner reports that Pittsburgh sophomore RB James "was willing to accept some responsibility for Pitt’s struggles on the ground in the second half of its 24-20 loss against Iowa."

"Still, Conner was willing to accept some responsibility for Pitt’s struggles on the ground in the second half of its 24-20 loss against Iowa. After Conner rushed for 8 yards on the second play of the third quarter, he only had two runs longer than 3 yards the rest of the game," Werner wrote. Although Conner rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, Conner believes he "could’ve done a couple of things differently" and "should’ve kept it up and down more instead of breaking it to the outside." Conner is currently leading Division I-A in yards (699) and touchdowns (9) through four weeks of the season.
Sep 26 - 3:04 PM

According to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, Pittsburgh owes a big portion of its rushing success in 2014 to senior OG Matt Rotheram and OT T.J. Clemmings, both of whom "really stood out against a stout Hawkeyes' defensive line" on Saturday.

The duo, weighing in at 645 pounds combined, makes for a terrifying right side of the line. They've helped Pitt rank in the top-five of FBS schools in rushing, while RB James Connor leads the nation in rushing yards (699) and rushing touchdowns (9). "Rotheram squares and extends to lock out at the point of attack, showing a natural feel and awareness for his surroundings," Brugler wrote. "And Clemmings, who moved to the offensive line from defensive end two years ago, has an ideal body type for the position and plays with excellent quickness and body control to abuse defenders through the echo of the whistle. Both of these seniors are maulers in the run game and have grabbed the attention of scouts with their play thus far in 2014."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 8:09 PM

Pittsburgh senior OG Matt Rotheram was "quite literally a big reason behind [James] Conner's 155 yards" in Saturday's loss to Iowa, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Matching up for much of the game against potential All-Big Ten defensive tackle Carl Davis, Rotheram showed off his own veteran savvy, demonstrating the combination of size (6-foot-5, 340 pounds), strength and quickness to possibly earn late-round consideration," Rang wrote. "Rotheram frustrated Davis, allowing him to occasionally slip inside only to seal him from the action. One of the few opponents actually bigger than the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Davis, Rotheram also did a nice job of simply bulldozing the Iowa defensive tackle off the line of scrimmage. Rotheram showed good agility and balance in pass protection against Davis, as well." Rotheram got beat inside by a speed rush on a critical 4th-down pass late in the game, illustrating what he must work on to improve his projection.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 21 - 11:24 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd caught 10 passes for 153 yards in the school's 24-20 loss to Iowa.

Boyd is one of the nation's top receivers and will be frequently mentioned prior to next season. if only he had at least adequate quarterback play.
Sep 20 - 4:14 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the school's 24-20 loss to Iowa.

Conner's NFL projection will be controversial, but he is a beast in college. The Pitt back could remind some of Jerome Bettis thanks to his light feet but ability to stay up on contact. His production will only continue.
Sep 20 - 3:22 PM

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


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