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Three Panthers earn ACC Player of the Week awards




Sept. 23, 2013

    PITTSBURGH—Three players who helped Pitt produce one of the most prolific offensive games in school history were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today. Senior Tom Savage was named the ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week, senior Devin Street was selected Receiver of the Week and freshman Tyler Boyd was named Rookie of the Week for their roles in the Panthers’ 58-55 win over Duke.

    Savage (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and did not throw an interception against the Blue Devils. His six TD passes were the most by an ACC player since 1999 and matched the record set in 1987.

    Savage’s scoring strikes covered 27, 67, 69, 14, 21 and 17 yards. (VIDEO LINK: See all six TD passes on the ACC Digital Network.) His passing yardage against Duke was the highest at Pitt since 1994 and ranks fourth overall.

    The 6-foot-5, 230-pound signal caller also earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors for his Duke performance.

    Street (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) averaged an incredible 27.6 yards per catch, totaling six catches for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns (67 and 21 yards). He also provided a key block at the goal line to help Boyd score on a 27-yard catch-and-run.


 

 

    Street is averaging an ACC-best 129 receiving yards per game and ranks fourth nationally in that category.  

    Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) averaged 19.3 yards per reception, catching eight passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. His scores covered 27, 69 and 14 yards as he became the first Pitt freshman to catch three TDs in a game since Larry Fitzgerald did it against Virginia Tech in 2002. Boyd has posted consecutive 100-yard receiving efforts in his past two games, the first Pitt frosh to accomplish that since Antonio Bryant in 1999. (Fitzgerald and Bryant would both win the Biletnikoff Award as sophomores at Pitt.)

    In addition to his ACC award, Boyd was also named the National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports (co-honoree with Pitt running back James Conner) and 247 Sports, which honored him for the second consecutive week.

    The Panthers (2-1, 1-1 ACC) are eyeing a third consecutive victory when Virginia (2-1, 0-0) visits Heinz Field for an ACC Coastal Division matchup this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised locally by ROOT SPORTS.

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