2013 Big 33 Classic: Pitt recruit Tyler Boyd dominates game with five touchdowns and wins MVP

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The question was often posed during his high school career - what would Tyler Boyd do against AAAA players? Even though it was only an All-Star game, Boyd proved he's just as good as them.

He did that by scoring an amazing five touchdowns in his team's 58-27 win over Maryland in the Big 33 Classic. And to make it more impressive, he did it four different ways.

Boyd started off by returning the opening kickoff 90-yards for a touchdown. Only 20 seconds later, Boyd hauled in a 16-yard touchdown catch. But that wasn't nearly enough for Boyd, who had two more touchdown receptions and a 68-yard touchdown pass.

He finished with 310 total yards, including 89 receiving and won the game's Most Valuable Player award.

That's great news to hear for Pitt, obviously. I'm not sure if Paul Chryst will have the guts to trot out Boyd for kickoffs and punt returns since his value is so high, but that's an amazing dimension for the wideout, who's just a great all-around athlete.

We keep hearing about the demise of Pitt's football program with the down seasons in 2011 and 2012 as well as the loss of Rushel Shell and a slow recruiting start to 2013. But Boyd is a game-changer and could be one huge piece of the puzzle to getting the program back on track.

I'm not sure what we'll see out of him in 2013, but with a light receiving corps, you can expect that Boyd will have a chance to make a significant impact.

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