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  James Conner
James Conner

Player Profile
Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Erie, Pa.

High School:
McDowell

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 250

Position:
RB

11/29/2014

Pitt 35, Miami 23 Postgame Notes

11/22/2014

Pitt 30, Syracuse 7 Post Game Notes

11/22/2014

Pitt 30, Syracuse 7 Post Game Quotes

11/22/2014

Pitt Shuts Down Longtime Rival Syracuse, 30-7

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

11/15/2014

North Carolina 40, Pitt 35 Post Game Notes

11/22/2014

Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse

Football USATSI Gallery -- 11/22/14

11/15/2014

Football vs. North Carolina

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at North Carolina (USATSI)

11/01/2014

Pittsburgh Football vs. No. 24 Duke

USATSI Gallery

10/25/2014

Pittsburgh Football vs. Georgia Tech

USATSI Gallery

10/16/2014

Football vs. Virginia Tech

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (USATSI)

CONNER HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS:

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

CONNER IN THE NEWS:

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 fourth-leading rusher with 1,675 yards...he ranks second nationally in rushing touchdowns (24), fifth in scoring (12.0 points per game) and sixth in rushing yards per game (139.6 avg.)...among ACC players, Conner tops the league in each of those four categories...despite being hindered by a hip injury in the final two regular-season contests, Conner was able to achieve history by eclipsing three longstanding Pitt season records...Conner has 24 touchdowns (all by rush) for 144 points, breaking the legendary Tony Dorsett's school season records for rush TDs (22), total TDs (23) and points (140)...Dorsett set each of those three records during his 1976 Heisman Trophy season...Conner also broke the ACC season rushing TDs record (21, Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams, 2009) and total TDs mark (22, VT's Williams, 2009)...Conner is the most prolific sophomore rusher in both Pitt and ACC history...his 1,675 yards surpassed LeSean McCoy's Pitt sophomore record of 1,488 set in 2008 and the ACC sophomore mark held by Boston College's Montel Harris (1,457 in 2009)...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.

2014 Game-by-Game
ATT YARDS TD YPC LONG REC YARDS TDS
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
Total 277 1,675 24 6.0 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.

Rushing
G GS ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 12 0 146 799 5.5 45 8 48
2014 12 12 277 1,675 6.0 74 24 144
Career 24 12 423 2,474 5.8 74 32 192

Receiving
G GS REC YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 12 0 3 33 11.0 13 0 0
2014 12 12 5 70 14.0 40 0 0
Career 24 12 8 103 12.9 40 0 0