Sept. 16, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd fit a season’s worth of highlights into just one game when the Panthers defeated New Mexico, 49-27, this past Saturday.
Now he is doing the same thing with awards.
Boyd received not one but two honors on Monday. He was first announced as the “247Sports National True Freshman of the Week.” A short while later, the Atlantic Coast Conference named him the “ACC Receiver of the Week.”
The former Clairton (Pa.) star was recognized after compiling 134 receiving yards on six catches (22.3 avg.), including a dazzling 34-yard touchdown grab. He also rushed for a 33-yard score.
Boyd set up Pitt’s first touchdown by hauling in a 51-yard pass – and drawing a pass interference penalty in the process – to the New Mexico 8-yard line.
Five minutes later, he scored his own TD by taking an end-around sweep for 33 yards, covering the last five yards with a diving leap.
Perhaps Boyd’s most thrilling play was his touchdown catch. With Pitt down to its last play of the first half, Boyd snared a desperation pass to the back of the end zone by jumping over a defender and getting one foot down for a 34-yard TD and 35-6 lead.
Just two games into his collegiate career, Boyd has eight catches for 160 yards (20.0 avg.) and one touchdown. He has five rushes for 93 yards (18.6 avg.) and a score. Boyd also contributes as a kick returner and averages an ACC-leading 23.2 yards per return (four for 93 yards).
Boyd ranks 16th nationally and third in the ACC with an average of 173 all-purpose yards per game.
The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 ACC) will play at Duke (2-1, 0-1) this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the ACC Network and shown locally on WTAE-TV, Channel 4.
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