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  James Conner
James Conner

Player Profile

Erie, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 250



Football vs. Virginia Tech

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (USATSI)


Pittsburgh vs. Virginia (USA Today)

Pittsburgh vs. Virginia (USA Today); photos by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Pittsburgh vs. Akron

Pitt takes on Akron at home


Pittsburgh vs. Iowa

Pittsburgh vs. Iowa


Pittsburgh vs. FIU

Pitt goes on the road to take on FIU


ESPN.com: Pitt's James Conner follows Aaron Donald's path

SI.com: Molded by his family, Pitt's James Conner rushing into record books

Tribune-Review: Pitt star running back Conner adjusting to higher profile

CBS Pittsburgh (text and audio): Conner wants wins, not awards

Tribune-Review: Pitt's Conner is a hard runner with a soft side

NFL.com: Conner draws comparisons to Green Bay's Eddie Lacy

Post-Gazette: Conner has chance to become two-way terror


ACC Digital Network: Conner vs. Iowa

ACC Digital Network: Conner vs. Boston College

ACC Digital Network: Conner vs. Delaware

Pitt Live Wire: Conner's Bowl MVP Performance

Pitt Live Wire: Conner 2013 Freshman Highlights

2014 SEASON TO DATE: James Conner ranks among the most productive running backs in the country...is the nation's fifth-leading rusher with 874 yards (games played through Oct. 11)...is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game (145.7 avg.) and seventh in rushing touchdowns (nine)...leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, rushing TDs and all-purpose yards (149.0 per game)...in his last seven games, dating back to his MVP performance in the 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Conner has racked up 1,103 yards and 10 touchdowns on 182 carries (6.1 avg.), an average of 157.6 yards per contest....Conner netted more than 150 yards in five consecutive games (2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl through the Sept. 20 Iowa game), becoming just the eighth FBS player since 2004 to achieve that feat.

2014 Game-by-Game
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
Virginia 21 83 0 4.0 14 0 0 0
Virginia Tech 16 85 2 5.3 18 2 10 0
Total 172 959 11 5.6 60 4 30 0

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.

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 Bibbs and Glen Conner...has four brothers...enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

2013 12 0 146 799 5.5 45 8 48
2014 7 7 172 959 5.6 60 11 66
Career 19 7 318 1,758 5.5 60 19 114

2013 12 0 3 33 11.0 13 0 0
2014 7 7 4 30 7.5 11 0 0
Career 19 7 7 63 9.0 13 0 0