Pitt’s Conner named ACC Player of the Year (video)

   December 3, 2014 2:51 pm

The awards keep rolling in for Pitt sophomore running back James Conner, a McDowell graduate. Conner was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year today in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Conner was also named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year. He is the first underclassman running back…

Conner retakes national rushing lead, receives honors

James Conner

   November 3, 2014 2:47 pm

    McDowell graduate James Conner, a sophomore running back at Pitt, has retaken the national lead in rushing yardage and has received conference and national recognition after his monster rushing performance Saturday. Conner rushed for a career-high 263 yards on 38 rushes and scored three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 51-48 loss to Duke. As…

Pitt’s Conner named 3rd-team Midseason All-American by Steele

   October 22, 2014 10:49 am

McDowell graduate and Pitt sophomore James Conner has been named a third-team Midseason All-American by Phil Steele, who annually publishes Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. Also on philsteele.com today, Conner was named first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference on the Steele’s midseason team. Conner ranks eighth in the nation with 959 rushing yards. The  6-foot 2-inch, 250-pound running back also…

McDowell grad Conner closes in on 1,000-yard season with Pitt

James Conner

   October 20, 2014 12:32 pm

McDowell graduate James Conner is just 41 yards from a 1,000-yard rushing season as he prepares for Pitt’s home game against Georgia Tech on Saturday. Conner’s 959 rushing yards lead the ACC and rank eighth in the nation in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He also is tied for fifth in the nation with 11 rushing touchdowns….

Pitt’s Conner might play 2 ways Thursday vs. Virginia Tech

James Conner

   October 14, 2014 3:52 pm

James Conner remains one of the leading rushers in the nation, but that doesn’t mean that Pitt’s coaching staff has given up on playing Conner on defense as well. The McDowell graduate heads into this week as the No. 5 rusher in the nation with 874 yards through six games. Despite that, he might play some…

Pitt, Conner set to face tough Virginia rushing defense

James Conner

   October 4, 2014 12:13 pm

Pitt will try to stop a two-game losing streak today, but the Panthers and McDowell grad James Conner will have to overcome a tough Virginia rushing defense first. The Cavaliers are No. 10 among major-college teams against the run, giving up an average of 86.6 yards per game. They will try to shut down the…

Pitt’s Conner ranks second in nation in rushing yardage, TDs

James Conner

   September 29, 2014 12:07 pm

Pitt running back James Conner is now second in the nation in both rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns after five weeks of the season. The McDowell graduate entered Saturday’s game against Akron as the No. 1 rusher in the nation (699 yards) and was tied for No. 1 in rushing touchdowns (nine). However, Akron focused on…

McDowell grad, Pitt RB Conner now leads nation in rushing

James Conner

   September 22, 2014 1:28 pm

Pitt sophomore running back James Conner, a McDowell graduate, now leads the nation in rushing yardage and is tied for the top spot in rushing touchdowns. After his 155-yard performance Saturday in the Panthers’ 24-20 loss to Iowa, Conner is No. 1 in major-college football with 699 yards through four games. The 6-foot 2-inch, 250-pound…

Conner, Pitt take on tough Iowa run defense; vote in poll

James Conner

   September 20, 2014 10:09 am

McDowell graduate and Pitt sophomore running back James Conner has received plenty of national attention early in the season, including online stories this week by nfl.com and Sports Illustrated’s website. The 6-foot 2-inch, 250-pound Conner has drawn the spotlight for the mix of power and speed that have helped him get off to an impressive start. Through three…

McDowell grad, Pitt RB Conner featured in Sports Illustrated online story

James Conner

   September 17, 2014 10:35 am

  McDowell graduate James Conner’s national profile continues to rise as he piles up big rushing numbers at Pitt. Today, Sports Illustrated’s website posted an extensive article on Conner and his background. Check out the Sports Illustrated story (click here).