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James Conner

Player Profile

Erie, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 250



Pitt 30, Syracuse 7 Post Game Notes


Pitt 30, Syracuse 7 Post Game Quotes


Pitt Shuts Down Longtime Rival Syracuse, 30-7

James Conner set a new ACC record with his 22nd rushing touchdown of the season.


North Carolina 40, Pitt 35 Post Game Notes


Pittsburgh Falls to North Carolina, 40-35

ACC leading rusher James Conner ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers.


Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse

Football USATSI Gallery -- 11/22/14


Football vs. North Carolina

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at North Carolina (USATSI)


Pittsburgh Football vs. No. 24 Duke

USATSI Gallery


Pittsburgh Football vs. Georgia Tech

USATSI Gallery


Football vs. Virginia Tech

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (USATSI)


Pitt LiveWire: Meet James Conner

ACC Digital Network: Conner vs. Duke

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


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: Pitt running back James Conner has become a favorite son of Erie

2014 SEASON TO DATE: Displaying a physical brand of running not seen at Pitt since Craig "Ironhead" Heyward in the 1980s, James Conner ranks among the elite running backs in the country...Conner is the nation's third-leading rusher with 1,600 yards...he also ranks third nationally in rushing touchdowns (22), fourth in rushing yards per game (145.5 avg.) and fifth in scoring (12.0 points per game)...among ACC players, Conner tops the league in each of those four categories...Conner is already the most prolific sophomore rusher in both Pitt and ACC history...his 1,600 yards surpassed LeSean McCoy's Pitt sophomore record of 1,488 set in 2008...Conner also broke the ACC sophomore record held by Boston College's Montel Harris (1,457 in 2009)...despite being limited to less than two quarters of action against Syracuse (Nov. 22) due to a hip injury, Conner made history with his one-yard scoring run in the opening period...he set the ACC record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 22, surpassing Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams, who had 21 in 2009...Conner's 22 rush TDs also tied the Pitt season record, established by the legendary Tony Dorsett in 1976...Conner is now taking aim at two other longstanding Pitt season records held by Dorsett: total touchdowns (23) and scoring (140 points)...both marks were set in 1976, the year Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy and Pitt won the national title...Conner currently has 132 points on 22 total TDs (tied for second in both categories with receiver Larry Fitzgerald)...Conner has 11 100-yard rushing games for his career, including eight in which he had more than 150 yards and four 200-yard games...Conner netted more than 150 yards in five consecutive contests (2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl through the Sept. 20 Iowa game), becoming just the eighth FBS player since 2004 to achieve that feat...he is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, annually presented to the college player of the year...Conner and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are the only sophomores to make the Maxwell semifinalist list.

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
Georgia Tech 10 120 3 12.0 74 0 0 0
Duke 38 263 3 6.9 19 0 0 0
North Carolina 30 220 4 7.3 56 0 0 0
*Syracuse 11 38 1 3.5 12 0 0 0
Total 261 1,600 22 6.1 74 4 30 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.

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 11 11 261 1,600 6.1 74 22 132
Career 23 11 407 2,399 5.9 74 30 180

2013 12 0 3 33 11.0 13 0 0
2014 11 11 4 30 7.5 11 0 0
Career 23 11 7 63 9.0 13 0 0