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Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2014

After a week and a half off, the Pitt football team returns to action against Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Field in a nationally-broadcastgame on ESPN.While the team is on a three-game losing streak, sophomore running back James Conner says the season isn’t lost for the Panthers.“[We...

Panthers must decrease penalties, turnovers after bye week

Panthers must decrease penalties, turnovers after bye week

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 5, 2014

The Pittsburgh Panthers, in the midst of a three-game losing streak following their 24-19 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, are entering their first bye week of the 2014 season. And, from the looks of it, it comes at an optimal time.After an explosive and promising start to the season, in whi...

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2014

Led by running back James Conner, Pitt succeeded in its first three games of the 2014 season because of a powerful ground attack.During Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Iowa, the Panthers suffered because of the predictability of their reliance on that aspect of the offense. They went to Conner a lot in the fi...

Conner leads way, as Pitt wins ACC opener

Conner leads way, as Pitt wins ACC opener

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 6, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. –  It seemed as though the public address announcer in Boston College’s press box kept saying the same thing over and over throughout Pitt’s game here.“Conner with the carry,” the emotionless voice would intone over the speakers inside Alumni Stadium.Other times it wasn...

Fowl play: Pitt cooks Blue Hens

Fowl play: Pitt cooks Blue Hens

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 30, 2014

The Pitt football team knew the importance of doing well right from the start in its season opener.“A team like this, they look at this as one of their biggest games of the year,” redshirt junior center Artie Rowell said. “So from the other side of that, if you can go out first drive: run the bal...

Welcome Back: Whether on offense or defense, Conner will be prepared

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014

When Pitt football coach Paul Chryst approached running back James Conner about the possibility of also playing defensive end this season, it caught him by surprise. In high school football, it’s common practice for a team’s best players to play extensively on both sides of the ball. But that trend al...

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