McDowell graduate James Conner has been getting a steady amount of reps at running back during his first training camp with the Pitt football team.
Those reps have increased of late because of an injury to the team’s leading returning rusher, junior Isaac Bennett. The injury is not considered serious, and Bennett might return to practice soon, but Conner and other young backs have seen more action in his absence.
Conner, a 6-foot 2-inch, 230-pound true freshman, said after today’s practice that he has been having a good time at camp.
“I’ve enjoyed the time a lot. College football is a different experience,” he said on the Pitt website. “There have been times that I have been like, ‘Aw man, this is tough.’ Pitt’s a great squad. Coach Chryst and his staff, my teammates, they are all awesome. The class of ’17 I came with, they’re great. So I’m just going to continue to work hard. This is tough, but I love Pitt.”
He said there have been few surprises at training camp.
“It’s everything I expected,” he said. “There’s really nothing to say, you’ve just got to go do it. I’m going through it right now. Eight days left, and we’ve got Florida State in eighteen days, so we’re just grinding.”
The Panthers open the season Sept. 2 at Heinz Field against Florida State.