The Pitt football team concluded its spring workouts Sunday and then held a fan event called Field Pass.
McDowell graduate James Conner, who led Pitt in rushing as a true freshman in 2013, did not participate in the final few spring practices with Pitt after spraining his knee in practice April 4.
However, Conner did participate in the Field Pass event Sunday while wearing a knee brace.
Conner recently said that the knee injury is not serious and that he will be back up to speed in a few weeks. Here’s a Conner tweet from April 5:
Doctor said I dodged a bullet and it could have been alot worse. Knee will be just fine in a couple weeks. It's a blessing!
— James Conner (@JamesConner_) April 5, 2014
That was good news for Pitt, whose second-leading rusher, Isaac Bennett, injured his shoulder during the spring workouts, requiring surgery.
Conner (799 yards, 8 TDs) and Bennett (797 yards, 7 TDs) combined to rush for 15 touchdowns and almost 1,600 yards last season. Conner was voted MVP of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl after setting a Pitt bowl record with 229 rushing yards.
Here’s a photo gallery from the Field Pass event featuring several shots of Conner, who is wearing No. 24 in photos No. 11-14.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor