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12/31/2015

15 Memorable Moments from 2015

Look Back at the Best Moments From the Calendar Year

12/23/2015

#Top15of15: No. 4 -- Pitt Sweeps ACC Rookie of the Year Honors

Pitt becomes first school in ACC history to sweep rookie awards

12/14/2015

#Top15of15: No. 13 -- Ollison's Record Setting Debut

Ollison goes for 207 yards in career debut

12/04/2015

James Conner Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Conner announced he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

09/12/2015

Pittsburgh beats Akron 24-7

Qadree Ollison rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night.

11/07/2015

Notre Dame 42, Pittsburgh 30

Pittsburgh falls to Notre Dame 42-30

10/10/2015

Pittsburgh 26, Virginia 19

Check out the photo gallery from the Pittsburgh football game against Virginia.

09/05/2015

Pittsburgh 45, Youngstown State 37

Redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison ran for 207 and Pittsburgh beat Youngstown State 45-37 to give Pat Narduzzi a victory in his head coaching debut.

07/21/2015

Pitt at ACC Football Kickoff

Pat Narduzzi, Darryl Render and James Conner talked about the upcoming season at the event in Pinehurst, N.C.

01/02/2015

Pitt vs. Houston

Pitt takes on Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl

James Conner: Highlights, News and Notes

2014: Conner established himself as one of the country's elite offensive players with a decorated and prolific sophomore season...was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)...became Pitt's first running back to garner first-team All-America honors in 27 years, dating back to Craig "Ironhead" Heyward in 1987...Conner was also a second-team All-America pick by the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele, Sporting News, Walter Camp Football Foundation and USA TODAY...selected the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year by the league's media and coaches...rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns on 298 carries (5.9 avg.)...ranked third nationally in rushing touchdowns, fourth in scoring (12.0 ppg.), sixth in rushing yards per game (135.8 avg.) and seventh in total rushing yards...led the ACC in each of those four categories...set Pitt single-season records for rushing TDs, total TDs (26) and points (156)...Conner surpassed the legendary Tony Dorsett to achieve each of the three marks...Dorsett held those Pitt records for 38 years, compiling 140 points on 23 touchdowns (22 by rush) during his 1976 Heisman Trophy season...Conner's 26 rushing touchdowns also set an ACC record, surpassing Ryan Williams' (Virginia Tech) mark of 21 set in 2009...Conner's 1,765 rushing yards rank third in ACC history and fourth in Pitt annals...achieved his impressive rushing totals despite being hindered by a hip injury in his final two regular-season games (Nov. 22 vs. Syracuse and Nov. 29 vs. Miami)...Conner played less than two quarters against the Orange after getting injured in the first half...twice was named the Maxwell Award National Player of the Week following his performances against Boston College (Sept. 5) and Duke (Nov. 1)...Conner bulled through Boston College for 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries (5.9 avg.) in a 30-20 victory...all-time Pitt great Mark May awarded Conner an ESPN Helmet Sticker for his BC performance...against Duke, he rushed for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries (6.9 avg.)...was a three-time ACC Offensive Back of the Week honoree (Boston College, Duke and Delaware)...his performance in the season-opening 62-0 win over Delaware was an early indicator of his sensational sophomore season as he rushed for 153 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on just 14 carries (10.9 avg.)...Conner also rushed for four TDs at North Carolina and netted 220 yards on 30 carries (7.3 avg.) against the Tar Heels.

2014 Game-by-Game
ATT YARDS TD YPA LONG REC YARDS TD
Delaware 14 153 4 10.9 60 1 11 0
at BC 36 214 1 5.9 23 0 0 0
at FIU 31 177 3 5.7 41 0 0 0
Iowa 29 155 1 5.3 24 1 9 0
Akron 25 92 0 3.7 12 0 0 0
at Virginia 21 83 0 4.0 14 0 0 0
Virginia Tech 16 85 2 5.3 18 2 10 0
Georgia Tech 10 120 3 12.0 74 0 0 0
Duke 38 263 3 6.9 19 0 0 0
at UNC 30 220 4 7.3 56 0 0 0
*Syracuse 11 38 1 3.5 12 0 0 0
at Miami 16 75 2 4.7 19 1 40 0
vs. Houston 21 90 2 4.3 20 0 0 0
Total 298 1,765 26 5.9 74 5 70 0
* Left the Syracuse game in the second quarter due to injury.

2013: Played in 12 games, missing the Oct. 19 Old Dominion contest (shoulder)...led Pitt in rushing yards (799) and rushing touchdowns (eight)...averaged 5.5 yards on 146 carries...became the first true freshman to lead Pitt in rushing yards and rushing TDs since Dion Lewis in 2009...named MVP of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl after rushing for 229 yards and a TD (15-yard run) on 26 carries (8.8 avg.), sparking the Panthers to a 30-27 win over Bowling Green...Conner's 229 yards set a Pitt bowl rushing record, eclipsing Tony Dorsett's 202 yards vs. Georgia in the 1977 Sugar Bowl...in addition to running back, also contributed as a pass rushing specialist vs. Bowling Green, drawing a key holding call on the Falcons' final possession...named to the SI.com All-Bowl Team and the ESPN.com ACC All-Bowl Team...totaled four 100-yard rushing games on the year...netted 173 yards on 26 carries (6.7 avg.) with a three-yard TD in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke...rushed for 119 yards on 12 carries (9.9 avg.) with two TDs (1 and 38 yards) in a 49-27 win over New Mexico...had 102 yards on 19 carries (5.4 avg.) with a two-yard TD vs. North Carolina...bulldozed for two TDs in a 28-21 win over Notre Dame...his two-yard TD in the third quarter tied the game, 14-14, while his one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter provided the winning points in the Panthers' upset of the No. 24 Fighting Irish.

2013 Game-by-Game
ATT YARDS TD YPA LONG REC YARDS TD
Florida State 9 34 0 3.7 9 0 0 0
New Mexico 12 119 2 9.9 38 0 0 0
at Duke 26 173 1 6.6 40 0 0 0
Virginia 15 27 1 1.8 11 0 9 0
at Virginia Tech 2 1 0 0.5 1 0 0 0
at Navy 7 28 0 4.0 10 0 0 0
at GT 8 3 0 0.4 5 0 0 0
Notre Dame 10 35 2 3.5 8 2 20 0
North Carolina 19 102 1 5.4 22 1 13 0
at Syracuse 7 26 0 3.7 14 0 0 0
Miami 5 22 0 4.4 7 0 0 0
vs. BGSU 26 229 1 8.8 45 0 0 0
Total 146 799 8 5.5 45 3 33 0

HIGH SCHOOL: Highly productive runner and pass rusher at McDowell High, earning accolades for both roles...selected All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers as a senior running back...named Pennsylvania Football News All-Class AAAA at running back his senior year and as a defensive lineman his junior year...Erie Times-News All-District 10...led McDowell to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs as a senior after rushing for 1,680 yards and 21 touchdowns on 155 carries, an impressive average of 10.8 yards per rush...set a McDowell single-season record with 164 points, including 26 touchdowns (tied for the most in school history), three 2-point conversions and a safety...also set school records for sacks in a season (12) and career (17)...selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl, a senior all-star game featuring players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia...Conner averaged 7.1 yards per rush in the Chesapeake Bowl (71 yards on 10 carries) and scored a five-yard TD to help the North to a 38-13 win over the South...rated the No. 13 prospect in Pennsylvania and the nation's No. 26 weakside defensive end by Rivals...rated one of the top 40 prospects in Pennsylvania by Scout...played under Coach Mark Soboleski.

PERSONAL: James Earl Conner, born 5/5/95, is the son of Kelly Patterson and Glen Conner...has four brothers...Conner was honored by the National Kidney Foundation in March 2015 with the "Small Hands Big Heart" Award for his volunteer work with the organization...administration of justice major.

Rushing
G GS ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 12 0 146 799 5.5 45 8 48
2014 13 13 298 1,765 5.9 74 26 156
Career 25 13 444 2,564 5.8 74 34 204

Receiving
G GS REC YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 12 0 3 33 11.0 13 0 0
2014 13 13 5 70 14.0 40 0 0
Career 25 13 8 103 12.9 40 0 0

James Conner
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James  Conner

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Erie, Pa.

High School:
McDowell

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 240

Position:
RB

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