As Pitt’s training camp continued the past few weeks, true freshman James Conner emerged as the leading candidate to start at running back.
The McDowell graduate has used his power and versatility to impress the Panthers’ coaching staff and Pittsburgh media members.
However, there was a scary moment for Pitt fans, players and coaches during Thursday’s practice. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Jerry DiPaola reported on Twitter that Conner hustled to tackle a defensive back who had intercepted a pass. However, DiPaola wrote that Conner also appeared to injure his shoulder when he landed on the play.
Within the hour, though, Conner sought to reassure Pitt fans by tweeting this straightforward message on his Twitter account (@jconner__): “Shoulder is good!”
That sounds like positive news for Erie fans and Pitt, which will take on ACC opponent Florida State in its season opener at Heinz Field on Sept. 2. Reporters will be watching Conner closely during the next few days to see if he’s healthy.
Meanwhile, DiPaola is one of the reporters who has been impressed with Conner at camp. On his Twitter account (@JDiPaola_Trib), he has posted the following tweet about Conner:
“I’ll say this for Conner: He’s tough and unafraid of lowering his shoulder into a bigger man. Pitt will be a lesser team if injury lingers.”
Earlier in practice @GoPittFootball — Pitt’s Twitter account — tweeted this about the 6-foot 2-inch, 230-pound Conner:
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor