McDowell’s Conner rushes for 72 yards in Pitt scrimmage

By | August 19, 2013 8:57 am | 0 Comments

 

James Conner

James Conner

James Conner appears to still be in contention for considerable playing time at running back with the Pitt football team this fall.

In the Panthers’ only scheduled preseason scrimmage Friday, Conner, a freshman out of McDowell, rushed nine times for 72 yards, according to postgazette.com. He was the leading rusher in the scrimmage. Conner also caught a pass for minus-1 yard.

The 6-foot 2-inch, 230-pounder has received more practice reps lately after an injury to junior Isaac Bennett.

“He’s learning,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said of Conner after the scrimmage. “Mistakes aren’t necessarily bad because you can learn from them. I thought he certainly did. He ran hard and did some good things. There’s still things he’s got to keep cleaning up. We’re all in that boat.”

Pitt opens the season Sept. 2 against Florida State at Heinz Field.

– Jeff Kirik, sports editor

 

 

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