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Pittsburgh RB Connor tops list of notable player comebacks

The most stirring comeback of the college football season already has taken place. Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, Pittsburgh running back and 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year James Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp. Conner's remarkable story is one of several examples of high-profile college football players returning to action after...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh RB Conner tops list of notable player comebacks

The most stirring comeback of the college football season already has taken place. Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, Pittsburgh running back and 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year James Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp. Conner's remarkable story is one of several examples of high-profile college football players returning to action after...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Replacing Tyler Boyd will be group effort for Pitt wideouts

PITTSBURGH (AP) There are no limitations on James Conner. None. Nine months after being diagnosed with lymphoma, the Pitt running back is cancer-free and atop the depth chart as the Panthers prepare to host Villanova in the 2016 opener on Saturday. ''I think he's really enjoying the moment,'' coach Pat Narduzzi said on Monday. And while Narduzzi expects the sight of the 2014...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Cancer survivor James Conner wants to spike ball after first TD

The Pittsburgh Panthers open their season on Saturday with a game against the Villanova Wildcats. And Panthers running back James Conner has special plans if he scores a touchdown during the game. And to say he has a good reason to want do do so would be a drastic understatement. Conner has navigated an incredibly tumultuous and difficult year. After suffering a season-ending...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Conner, Panthers expect emotional opener vs. Villanova

PITTSBURGH (AP) The jitters will be there. After what Pittsburgh running back James Conner has been through over the last 12 months, how could they not? So forgive the 2014 ACC Player of the Year if he takes a moment before running out of the tunnel and onto the Heinz Field turf on Saturday when the Panthers host Villanova in the 2016 opener. A knee injury that derailed his junior...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Conner stars in return from cancer, Pitt tops Villanova 28-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner caught one touchdown and ran for another in his return from a battle with cancer to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-7 win over Villanova on Saturday. The 2014 ACC Player of the Year sprinted onto the Heinz Field turf in front of a crowd that included his family, the doctors that treated him during his seven-month tussle with Hodgkin's lymphoma and more than...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

James Conner Scores Two Touchdowns For Pittsburgh After Beating Cancer

On paper, a Week 1 matchup between Pittsburgh and FCS foe Villanova isn’t much to get excited about, but James Conner changed that with his triumphant return to football. The Panthers running back walked out of the tunnel with his teammates and played in his first game since beating Hogkin’s lymphoma Saturday, and he announced his return with a pair of touchdowns. Conner ran...
Via NESN.com
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB Conner scores two TDs in first game after beating cancer

One of the absolute best feel-good stories of the college football season unfolded Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Pitt running back James Conner, who recently won a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, led his team onto the field and scored two touchdowns against Villanova in his first game back since taking a leave of absence to focus on his health last fall. Blessed to be...
Via The Comeback
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Burned, Bonfire and a Knee

Less than 24 hours until I hit the road to Pittsburgh. The familiar giddiness is building. A smile creeps over my face as I think about it. I’ve missed this. Think the Pitt coaches are hammering home to the players about what nearly happened to Tennessee against Appalachian  State last night? The risk of taking a team likely, simply because they are FCS? Without any doubt. So...
Via Pitt Blather
September 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Untangling the highs and lows of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry

In the ever-changing and constantly in-your-face sports climate we live in every day, it's increasingly more difficult to remember beyond what happened yesterday. But it's as important as ever to know your history and be able to contextualize the present. Or in this case, the near future, as Penn State and Pittsburgh will face off on a football field on Saturday at Heinz Field for...
Via Yardbarker
September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

5 Things We Learned about the ACC in Week 2

Although there were a couple of disappointing losses in non-conference play, week 2 was a very positive one for the ACC. Here is a list of 5 things we learned about the conference in week 2. 5. Pittsburgh’s ground game is solid Heading into the season, it looked like this would be the case. Yet, after the run game sputtered a bit against Villanova, some people were concerned...
Via The Student Section
September 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Panthers: Five Takeaways From The Penn State Victory

[Editor Note: Check the byline. New writer alert. Be nice.] The Pittsburgh Panthers move to 2-0 on the season after an exciting win against their renewed rivals, the Penn State Nittany Lions. This will be one of the signature wins for the Panthers as they hope to gain momentum early on in the season. Here are five takeaways from the Panthers’ 42-39 victory against Penn State. The...
Via Pitt Blather
September 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers looking to shore up pass defense as ACC play looms

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi hasn't lost faith in his secondary, though there's plenty to work on after surrendering 872 yards through the air in the last two games, including 540 to Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph in a 45-38 loss on Saturday. ''They've got to understand it works when you do it right,'' Narduzzi said Monday. ''It doesn't work if you don't do it...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every member of the Pittsburgh Panthers to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

Since 1961, the Pittsburgh Panthers have sent 25 players to the pros in the first round of the NFL draft. How many can you name? Clue: Year-Draft Number-Position-Team  
September 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Load on the Running Game and Price

I suppose it makes sense for the coaches to be a little more cautious in overtaxing James Conner this early. “Even if you have the wrong guy in the game, it’s still a pretty good guy to have in the game,” Powell said. Powell relies on Conner to keep him apprised of his energy level. “But I’m beginning to rely on me more,” Powell said. After a season of inactivity, Conner...
Via Pitt Blather
September 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt holds off rally, tops Marshall 43-27

PITTSBURGH (AP) Nate Peterman threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard lob to Jester Weah with 1:04 to go as Pittsburgh avoided a second-half meltdown by outlasting Marshall 43-27 on Saturday night. The Panthers (3-2) let a 27-point halftime lead get narrowed to just 30-27 and faced third-and-3 from the Pitt 46 when Peterman found a streaking Weah down the left...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Position Switching and Redshirts

Focus of today. Primarily some pieces on tackles and the secondary. Stories today looked at the position changes for Brian O’Neill and Shakir Soto. In no small part owing to their game against Georgia Tech. Both have been thriving all season, but they really shined this past weekend. Shakir Soto was recruited, and last year started, as a defensive end. The outcome wasn’t great...
Via Pitt Blather
October 12, 2016  |  Discuss

ACC Matchups During the Bye Week

Week 8 of the college football season is coming up and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers are getting a much needed week off. While the Panthers are enjoying their only bye week of the season, there are still a few interesting games being played in the ACC. Some of these games can have huge impact on Pitt’s season, so the fans are still going to have a lot of interesting football...
Via Pitt Blather
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Stallings hoping to speed it up in first year at Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sheldon Jeter practically did a spit take when Pittsburgh hired Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon last spring. ''I was shocked, as I imagine most people were,'' said the senior forward, who played under Stallings for one season at Vanderbilt before eventually making his way to the Panthers. ''I didn't see that coming.'' Shock, however, eventually gave way to...
Via AP on Fox
October 24, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Game Day Preview vs Pittsburgh

Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop preview this week's Thursday night ACC match up of the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Via Virginia Tech Hokies Athletics
October 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The Latest: Pittsburgh's Jeter considering anthem action

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest from ACC men's basketball media day on Wednesday (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Pitt forward Sheldon Jeter believes it is an athlete's responsibility to speak up when there's an issue they care about and he has considered following San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead in demonstrating during the national anthem. Jeter said Wednesday...
Via AP on Fox
October 26, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt 300-pound OL Brian O’Neill scores touchdown

First and goal at the five-yard line, down eight points in the fourth quarter. Seems like a perfect time for… a handoff to your 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle? Huh? Well, that’s what Pittsburgh did on Thursday night against Virginia Tech, and it worked! Check out this beautiful end-around touchdown run from Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill: And that dive! Awesome. Then...
Via The Comeback
October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Virginia Tech Hokies defeat Pittsburgh, seize commanding lead in the ACC Coastal

The Virginia Tech Hokies defeated Pittsburgh 39-36 to take a commanding lead in the ACC Coastal division. Make no mistake about it: this wasn’t a perfect performance from the Hokies. The Virginia Tech defense – which came into the game ranked fourth nationally in yards per carry (2.94 ypc) – struggled against the run all night long, allowing James Conner to run for 141 yards...
Via The Student Section
October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Highlights | Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh

Highlights from Syracuse mens soccer team's 4-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Panthers in Round 1 of the ACC Championship Tournament.
Via Syracuse Orange Athletics
November 02, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Miami's Mark Walton Tackle-Breaking 55-Yard TD Run vs. Pittsburgh

Miami RB Mark Walton broke multiple tackles against Pitt on his way to a 55-yard TD run in the Canes 51-28 victory. Watch Walton bust through the Panthers' defense in this ACC Must See Moment!
Via ACC Digital Network
November 05, 2016
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