Athlon also named the duo as the ACC co-freshmen of the week after they helped the Panthers (2-1) to a 58-55 victory over Duke on Saturday.
Here’s what Athlon wrote: “James Conner, RB, and Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh. We usually give this award to just one freshman each week, but it’s impossible to leave off Boyd or Conner after their performances against Duke. Conner gashed the Blue Devils’ defense for 173 yards and one touchdown, averaging 6.7 per attempt on 26 carries. Boyd continued his hot start to the season, catching eight passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd’s total could have been even higher, but he suffered a thigh injury in the fourth quarter and was forced to miss some action. With Boyd and Conner playing at a high level just three games into their career, the future looks bright for Pittsburgh in the ACC. ”
Conner, a 6-foot 2-inch, 230-pound tailback, has 326 yards rushing on 47 carries (6.9-yard average) through three games. He has scored three touchdowns.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor