Sept. 15, 2013
After a 49-27 victory against New Mexico, several Panthers find themselves ranking among ACC statistical leaders, while defensive standout Aaron Donald is tied for the nation’s lead in sacks per game.
Donald had five tackles against New Mexico and tied a career high with four tackles for loss, two of which were sacks. Donald is averaging 1.5 sacks per game which is tied for the national lead. He has five tackles for loss through the first two games, which is tied for top mark in the ACC.
With 195 all-purpose yards against the Lobos, freshman Tyler Boyd ranks third in the ACC and 16th in the nation with an average of 173 all-purpose yards per game. He is also leading the ACC with a 23.2 yards per kickoff return average.
Fellow wide receiver Devin Street is off to a fantastic start to his senior campaign. With five catches for 80 yards against New Mexico, Street took sole possession of third place on Pitt’s all-time receptions list with 162 career catches. Street is averaging 110.5 receiving yards per game which ranks him second in the ACC and 14th nationally. His 5.5 catches per game rank sixth in the ACC.
Quarterback Tom Savage threw for 236 yards last Saturday and ranks seventh in the ACC with 218.5 passing yards per game. He is also fourth in passing efficiency (148.0). The running back tandem of James Conner (76.5) and Isaac Bennett (68.0) are eighth and ninth in rushing yards per game, respectively.
Freshman kicker Chris Blewitt remains perfect through his first two games and is tied for sixth in the ACC averaging seven points per game. Blewitt is a perfect 8-8 kicking extra points and has made both his field goal attempts. Punter Matt Yoklic is averaging 49.8 yards per punt which is the best average in the ACC.
The Panthers are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Duke (2-1, 0-1) for their first ACC road contest. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
Three Pitt Student-Athletes Selected to Receive ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Charlie Partridge Rejoins Pitt as Defensive Line Coach
Pitt Places Six on All-ACC Academic Football Team
Conner Named Maxwell Football Club's Brookshier Spirit Award Recipient
Pitt Duo Among New England's Super Bowl Champions
Pitt Great Larry Fitzgerald Named NFL Man of the Year