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  Tyler Boyd
Tyler  Boyd

Player Profile

Clairton, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190



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

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Pittsburgh Football vs. Georgia Tech

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Football vs. Virginia Tech

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (USATSI)

2014: Had an impact sophomore season as a receiver and return man…earned second-team All-America accolades from SI.com as an all-purpose player and was a third-team All-America pick by Phil Steele as a receiver…named first team All-ACC as a receiver and second team All-ACC as a return specialist (coaches and media)…became the first player in ACC history to compile 1,000 receiving yards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons…Boyd and Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03) are the only players in Pitt history to achieve two 1,000-yard receiving seasons during their careers…finished the 2014 season with 78 catches for 1,261 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns…totaled six 100-yard receiving games on the year…ranked second in the ACC and 17th nationally with an average of 97.0 receiving yards per game…ranked third in the ACC and 32nd nationally with an average of 6.0 receptions per game…led the ACC and ranked 10th nationally with a 27.6-yard kickoff return average (16 for 442 yards)…ranked second in the ACC and 21st nationally with a 10.1-yard punt return average (16 for 162 yards)…named the ACC Receiver of the Week for his performance in Pitt’s 30-7 win over Syracuse (Nov. 22)…had seven receptions for 126 yards (18.0 avg.) against the Orange, including a spectacular 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown…was honored as the ACC Specialist of the Week after he compiled 262 all-purpose yards in a 35-23 win at Miami (Nov. 29)…Boyd totaled 190 yards on six kick returns (31.7 avg.) and added five receptions for 72 yards (14.4 avg.) with a 12-yard TD catch against the Hurricanes…had a season-high 10 receptions for 153 yards (15.3 avg.) against Iowa…his 10 catches tied for the second most in his career…with his performance against Iowa, Boyd went over 100 career receptions, tying Larry Fitzgerald for fewest games needed to reach the century milestone for catches at Pitt (17 contests)…had a season-high 160 receiving yards (second highest in his career) on five catches (32.0 avg.) with a 50-yard touchdown at North Carolina.

2013: Was the nation's most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards (13.8 avg.) and seven touchdowns...set Pitt freshman records for receptions and yards, eclipsing marks held by Larry Fitzgerald (who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002)...Boyd's 85 catches rank second overall at Pitt (trailing only Fitzgerald's school-record 92 catches as a sophomore in 2003), while his receiving yardage ranks fourth on the Panthers' single-season list...had five 100-yard receiving games, topping Fitzgerald's freshman school-record total of four...also set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for receptions as a freshman, topping the mark held by Clemson's Sammy Watkins (82 catches in 2011)...selected All-ACC by the league's media (second team) and coaches (third team)...named a Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports, CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele, Sporting News and 247Sports...ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year...capped the 2013 season with a magnificent performance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling 242 all-purpose yards to help the Panthers defeat Bowling Green, 30-27...had eight catches for a career-high 173 yards - an average of 21.6 yards per catch - and added a spectacular 54-yard punt return for a touchdown in the bowl victory...Boyd's receiving yardage against Bowling Green set a Pitt bowl record, surpassing the 36-year-old mark of 163 set by Gordon Jones in the 1977 Gator Bowl against Clemson...his punt return TD was Pitt's first since Darrelle Revis had a 73-yarder vs. West Virginia in 2006...Boyd's postseason performance earned him USA TODAY All-Bowl Team recognition...had a career-high 11 catches (for 118 yards, 10.7 avg.) and a 12-yard touchdown at Georgia Tech...had eight catches for 154 yards (19.3 avg.) and a career-high three TDs in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke...named ACC Rookie of the Week, 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week and Athlon Sports National Co-Freshman of the Week for his Duke performance...in a 49-27 win vs. New Mexico, compiled 134 receiving yards on six catches (22.3 avg.), including a dazzling 34-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone on the final play of the first half...also rushed for a 33-yard score vs. the Lobos...named ACC Receiver of the Week and 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week for his New Mexico performance...had 111 receiving yards on seven catches (15.9 avg.) in a 14-3 win over Virginia...had 10 catches for 82 yards (8.2 avg.) in a 17-16 win at Syracuse.

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the state's most highly recruited players following a prolific career at perennial power Clairton High...finished his career ranking among the most productive performers in Western Pennsylvania history...set a WPIAL record with 117 career touchdowns...finished as the fifth-leading rusher in WPIAL annals with 5,755 yards...played diverse roles (running back, receiver, quarterback, defensive back and punt returner) for Clairton, which went 48-0 in his three years as a starter and 63-1 (.984) in his four varsity seasons under Coach Tom Nola...the Bears won four WPIAL and four PIAA Class A titles during his career...as a senior, rushed for 2,584 yards and 43 touchdowns, had 295 yards receiving on just 13 catches and led the WPIAL in scoring with 51 total TDs and 345 points...selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome, where he announced his decision to attend Pitt during NBC's live telecast...first team MaxPreps Small School All-American...two-time selection as the Class A Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers...two-time Pennsylvania Football News first team All-Class A...Pennsylvania Football News 2011 Class A Offensive Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Player of the Year...named to the Rivals 250 (No. 103) and ESPN 300 (No. 165) national prospect lists...rated the No. 6 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals and No. 8 by Scout...rated the nation's No. 12 wide receiver by Rivals and the No. 12 safety by Scout...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic (Pennsylvania vs. Maryland) and was named the game's MVP after accounting for five touchdowns (91-yard kick return, 68-yard halfback option pass, four-yard run and scoring catches of 16 and five yards)...also played basketball, helping Clairton to the WPIAL Class A title game and the PIAA playoffs as a senior, and was a baseball letterman as well.

PERSONAL: Tyler Alexander Boyd, born 11/15/94, is the son of Tonya Payne and Brian Boyd...has one brother...enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

2013 13 10 85 1,174 13.8 69 7 42
2014 13 12 78 1,261 16.2 53 8 48
Career 26 22 163 2,435 14.9 69 15 90

2013 13 10 11 108 9.8 33 1 6
2014 13 12 12 63 5.2 19 0 0
Career 26 22 23 171 7.4 33 1 6

Kick Returns
2013 19 425 22.4 40 0 0
2014 16 442 27.6 64 0 0
Career 35 867 24.8 64 0 0

Punt Returns
2013 3 69 23.0 54 1 6
2014 16 162 10.1 45 0 0
Career 19 231 12.2 54 1 6