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  James Conner
James  Conner

Player Profile

Erie, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 250



Pitt vs. Houston

Pitt takes on Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl


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


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: 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 portent 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
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
Miami 16 75 2 4.7 19 1 40 0
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.

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…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.

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

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