Sep 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH – With week one of college football in the books, several Panthers rank among the Atlantic Coast Conference’s statistical leaders.
Punter Matt Yoklic leads the ACC and ranks third nationally with a 54.3-yard punting average. Yoklic was called into duty three times against Florida State and launched all three of his punts more than 50 yards, with his long of 56 yards coming in the fourth quarter. The senior set a career single-game mark with a 54.3 punting average. His average is nine yards better than any other ACC kicker after week one. Yoklic only trails Drew Kaser of Texas A&M (62.7) and Cody Webster of Purdue (56.3) for tops in the nation.
Devin Street’s career high of 141 receiving yards was the third best output by an ACC player in week one and was the 14th highest in the nation. His six catches were also tied for fifth in the ACC. Street continues to approach Pitt receiving history as he ranks sixth in career receptions with 157 and 10th in career yards with 2,188.
Two Pitt freshmen also find themselves ranking among the conference’s offensive statistical leaders. Tyler Boyd, who led the Panthers in rushing and all-purpose yards against Florida State, ranks second in kickoff return average (23.7) and sixth in all-purpose yardage (151.0).
Kicker Chris Blewitt ranks third in the ACC with two field goals made. Blewitt was perfect on three placements against Florida State. In addition to his two field goals, he also made his only extra-point attempt of the night.
Defensively, safety Ray Vinopal’s nine tackles against the Seminoles ranks him 10th in conference, and freshman defensive end Shakir Soto is tied for fourth with his two tackles for loss.
The Panthers are off this weekend before returning to Heinz Field on Sept. 14 to host New Mexico. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
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