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James Conner

Player Profile

Erie, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 250



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.


Duke 51, Pitt 48 (2OT) Post Game Notes


Duke 51, Pitt 48 (2OT) Post Game Quotes


No. 24 Duke Defeats Pitt in Double OT, 51-48

Panthers continue conference play next week at Chapel Hill to take on UNC.


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)


Pittsburgh vs. Virginia (USA Today)

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


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 1,562 yards...he also ranks third nationally in rushing yards per game (156.2 avg.) and rushing touchdowns (an ACC season-record tying 21)...he is fourth in the country in scoring (12.6 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...through 10 games, Conner has amassed 1,562 yards, surpassing 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)...Conner's 1,562 rushing yards are the second most after 10 games in Pitt history...Tony Dorsett holds the top spot with 1,724 yards 10 games into his 1976 Heisman Trophy season...while Conner trails Dorsett, he is still outpacing such former Pitt standouts as LeSean McCoy, Craig "Ironhead" Heyward and Dion Lewis...dating back to his MVP performance in the 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (11 games), Conner has racked up 1,791 yards and 22 touchdowns on 276 carries (6.5 avg.)...that is an average of 162.8 yards per contest...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
Total 250 1,562 21 6.2 74 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 10 10 250 1,562 6.2 74 21 126
Career 22 10 396 2,361 6.0 74 29 174

2013 12 0 3 33 11.0 13 0 0
2014 10 10 4 30 7.5 11 0 0
Career 22 10 7 63 9.0 13 0 0