McDowell grad James Conner could play an integral role today when Pitt (0-1) takes on New Mexico (1-1) after a 12-day layoff.
The freshman tailback rushed nine times for 34 yards in the Panthers’ 41-13 loss to Florida State in their Sept. 2 season opener. However, his role was limited because the Seminoles had a big lead throughout the second half.
It would be interesting to see what the 6-foot 2-inch, 230-pound Conner could do if he gets 15 carries or more today against New Mexico. (Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.). He is now No. 2 on the Pitt depth chart behind junior Isaac Bennett.
New Mexico has allowed an average of 236 yards rushing in a 21-13 loss to Texas-San Antonio on Aug. 31 and a 42-35 victory over the Texas-El Paso on Sept. 7.
So, the potential is there for Pitt to post some big numbers on the ground, and Conner could be a prime contributor.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor