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Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had seven receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-7 win over Syracuse.

Boyd only went over 100 yards once in the school's first seven games as he waited for new QB Chad Voytik to sort through his throwing issues. Boyd has been utterly dominant over the past month, however, going over 125 receiving yards in four straight games. He's eligible for the draft after next season.
Nov 23 - 6:44 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner will miss the remainder of the game against Syracuse with a hip injury.

Conner rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries before leaving. The running back has been the foundation of Pitt's offense all season long, and was even asked to play some defensive end at times.
Nov 22 - 5:35 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner has no plans of easing his workload anytime soon, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner.

"I kind of knew that I was going to have a little bit of a workload this year so I was already prepared for it," Conner told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Panthers prospect currently ranks third in Division I-A with 250 carries, which is 10 carries behind leader Jay Ajayi of Boise State. This past weekend against UNC, Conner had his fourth 30-carry game of the season, as he rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the school's 40-35 loss to UNC. Conner has rushed for 1,562 yards this season.
Nov 19 - 2:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Pittsburgh senior RT T.J. Clemmings has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

"Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings has accepted his invitation to the seniorbowl. Expect him to be a "riser" and compete to be the top SR OT prospect," Brugler tweeted. The former defensive linemen lacks experience on the offensive side of the ball, but he has a ton of strength and good mobility for a 6'6/315 pounder. The Pitt prospect is likely to be pigeonholed as a right tackle prospect.
Nov 17 - 2:04 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the school's 40-35 loss to UNC.

Conner opened the game with a 56 yard touchdown run, something not many expect from a 6'2/240 pound back. He is not draft-eligible, but Conner offers skills that are fairly unique and also has experience on the defensive side of the ball last year.
Nov 15 - 4:56 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner reports that Pitt HC Paul Chryst notes that sophomore WR Tyler Boyd has sparked some "good dialogue" within the Pittsburgh Panthers.

"In a story Monday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Boyd cited by name some players who are willing to "go all out," but neglected to include others, notably quarterback Chad Voytik. Chryst clarified that, after speaking with Boyd, it wasn’t an intentional omission. He said Boyd told him he wished he had not used individual names," Werner wrote. The Panthers prospect has 52 receptions for 791 yards and five touchdowns this season after recording 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 as Tom Savage's favorite target.
Nov 14 - 3:11 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes a case can be made for Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings being graded as the top senior T.

Clemmings has "moldable traits," according to Brugler. The former defensive linemen lacks experience on the offensive side of the ball, but he has plenty of strength and good mobility for a 6'6/315 pounder. Likely to be pigeonholed as a right tackle prospect, Clemmings could be viewed as a "riser" throughout the process.
Nov 14 - 10:20 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Pittsburgh senior RT T.J. Clemmings "still needs work and more reps on the offensive line before he's ready for NFL rushers, but he has earned first round consideration."

"He was also productive on the perimeter, using his mobility and discipline to break down in space and take out defenders, creating outside run lanes. Clemmings still needs work and more reps on the offensive line before he's ready for NFL rushers, but he has earned first round consideration," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-6, 315 pound Clemmings was recently named the ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week along with Florida States tackle Cameron Erving. Brugler notes that the Panthers prospect should "continue to impress as Pittsburgh's starting right tackle and should only get better as the senior moves on to the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 4 - 2:45 PM

Pittsburgh senior RT T.J. Clemmings was named the ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week on Monday, sharing the award with Florida State tackle Cameron Erving.

This is the third time this season that Clemmings has won the weekly award. In October, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Clemmings has "transformed himself into a bruising blocker and has moldable traits that will appeal NFL scouts and coaches." ESPN's Todd McShay agreed with this assessment, noting that Clemmings has possibly worked his way up from a potential mid-round pick into a possible Day 1 draft choice.
Nov 3 - 8:23 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks noted that Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner had the size to be a workhouse NFL back.

Conner has a big frame (6-foot-2, 250-pounds) and he runs like it. Brooks said that the sophomore has "displayed the physicality, toughness and stamina that scouts covet in big-bodied runners." In particular, Brooks highlighted Conner's bruising performance against Duke, where the runner carried 38 times for 268 yards and three touchdowns. "If Conner can become a bigger contributor in the Panthers' passing game down the road -- he has only four receptions for 30 yards this season -- he could become an enticing prospect for scouts looking for an old school tailback to add to the mix."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 3 - 8:14 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had seven receptions for 140 yards in Saturday's 51-48 double overtime loss to Duke.

He also raced to 102 yards on three kick returns. Boyd had a slow start to the year -- a direct result of QB Chad Voytik's slow acclimation to the starting role -- but has more than 85 receiving yards in three straight games, and has exceeded 135 yards in each of his last two. Boyd has 52 receptions for 791 yards and five touchdowns this year after collecting 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns last season as Tom Savage's favorite target.
Nov 2 - 3:40 PM

Pitt sophomore RB James Conner rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries in the school's 51-48 loss to Duke.

Conner's longest run went for 19 yards, but there were a number of plays where he continued to churn his feet and pick up tough production. A real old school-type back, Conner can be used as a battering ram, however, he displays light feet from someone his size and will break tackles in a variety of ways.
Nov 1 - 3:50 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Pittsburgh senior RT T.J. Clemmings' off-season work has yielded "big improvements in his game."

Clemmings has always been a player with physical talent (he's 6-foot-5, 315-pounds), but he struggled in 2013. This season, he's started to put together both the physical and mental aspects of the game. McShay noted that "if he continues to show improvement and prove that he's figured out how to play the position, he could work his way into the first-round mix." This is high praise, given that in the preseason TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that scouts were grading Clemmings as a middle round pick. The tackle is clearly working his way up draft boards.
Oct 29 - 5:13 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had nine receptions for 137 yards in Saturday's 56-28 setback versus Georgia Tech.

This was only Boyd's second occurrence of cracking the century mark in receiving yards this season, but that can be blamed more on quarterbacking than his play. When the ball finds its way into Boyd's radius, he typically snatches it. Boyd has 45 catches for 651 yards and five touchdowns this year after collecting 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns last year as Tom Savage's go-to receiver.
Oct 26 - 9:29 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner had 10 carries for 120 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech.

Conner briefly left the game with a knee injury, but was able to return. When he was on the field, the Yellow Jackets didn't have a chance, allowing Conner to scamper for 12 yards per carry. Because of inconsistent play from QB Chad Voytik, defenses are able to gang up on Conner, so his 5.9 YPC average on the year is impressive. Conner has rushed for 1,079 yards and 14 touchdowns through eight games.
Oct 26 - 9:15 PM


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