Jan. 6, 2014
PITTSBURGH—One of college football’s most exciting newcomers this past fall, Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd has been named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team announced today.
Boyd was the nation’s most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns. He set Pitt freshman records for both receptions and yards, eclipsing marks previously held by Larry Fitzgerald, who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002.
(VIDEO LINK: Boyd fingertip catch vs. Virginia.)
Boyd’s reception total ranks second overall at Pitt, trailing only Fitzgerald’s school-record 92 catches as a sophomore in 2003. Boyd’s receiving yardage ranks fourth on the Panthers’ single-season list.
The FWAA recognition is the latest honor for Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), who enjoyed a decorated debut season. He was selected All-Atlantic Coast Conference by both the league’s coaches and media, and a Freshman All-American by Sporting News and 247Sports.
Boyd capped the 2013 season with a magnificent performance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling 242 all-purpose yards to help the Panthers defeat Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green, 30-27. He 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.
Boyd’s receiving yardage against Bowling Green set a Pitt bowl record, eclipsing the 36-year-old mark of 163 set by Gordon Jones in the 1977 Gator Bowl against Clemson.
The FWAA has named a Freshman All-America team since the 2001 season. This year’s 28 honorees (12 offense, 12 defense and four specialists) were selected by a 10-person panel of nationally prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group. Both true freshmen (21 players) and redshirt freshmen (seven players) were considered for the team.
(VIDEO LINK: Boyd makes a ‘Must See’ diving catch vs. North Carolina.)
Pitt finished the 2013 season with a 7-6 record and its first postseason victory in four years. Coach Paul Chryst will return 15 starters for the 2014 campaign, his third with the Panthers.
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