Top Ten Pitt Football Moments of 2013 - #8 Tyler Boyd Debut

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I really hate doing things like these, so I offer it with the following precursor: Things are bound to have been left off this list. Some intentionally because there simply wasn't enough room and maybe a few unintentionally that I simply forgot about.

Also, some of these are games and not necessarily individual 'moments'. That's just the way it is, though, boys and girls.

Irregardless of all of that, over the next ten days, I'll be bringing you the top ten football moments of 2013 as I see them.

No. 8 - Tyler Boyd's debut

Really, I could have picked from a million Tyler Boyd moments here. One of his amazing catches or his huge bowl game. That said, I'm going a little off the grid here and picking his debut game against Florida State.

Boyd had many bigger games on the season - I'm not going to deny that. But coming into the season, most of us just hoped he'd be able to contribute a little and be an adequate second banana to Devin Street. But after his first game against Florida State, expectations quadrupled for many of us.

Boyd wasn't Pitt's best player on the field that night - that honor probably went to Devin Street who had a huge game with six catches and 141 yards. But he did have an incredible impact on offense and special teams - so much so that he looked like a bonafide star after a single game.

The wide receiver finished the night with a pedestrian two catches for 26 yards, but his impact didn't stop there. He had three big rushes on sweeps for 54 yards, good for an 18 yard average per attempt - each was a first down. In addition, he returned three kicks for a total of 71 yards.

Like I said, Boyd had many games where he did more - but his debut really put him on the map and took most of us by surprise.

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