If you spend any time on Twitter, you no doubt have seen people posting certain Pitt players wearing uniform numbers that correspond with the number of days left until the football season kicks off. Jim did it last year and this year, Pat Narduzzi has been doing it.
I know we have a lot of younger readers here and also some folks that may not have spent their entire lives following Pitt sports. For that reason, I thought it would be cool to not only do the countdown here, but also give a brief writeup on the player to potentially help fans connect a little more with some of the all-time greats.
Quick disclaimer - this isn't necessarily about picking the best player for each number. Not only is that disputable in many instances, but it's not really the point of the exercise. So don't be offended if your favorite player doesn't make the list here. I'll probably mirror Narduzzi's list for the most part but may go off the board in a few instances.
These will also be brief, folks. It's the offseason and we all use this time to wind down a bit. These won't be theses or anything, but we'll cobble together a few facts for each guy.
Finally, feel free to add on to a player's accomplishments in the comments section. Some I'll leave out due to space/time and some I may not even know about. But this will be a good learning exercise for all of us.
Continuing our countdown today is wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
Yesterday our countdown featured James Conner, Pitt's star of the 2014 season. Today, it's his former teammate, wide receiver Tyler Boyd who led the Panthers' offense in 2015.
Boyd's team got off to a rough start in his first career game against Florida State when the Panthers suffered an ugly loss in their ACC debut. But he made his mark early on and was one of the few bright spots in that game. Boyd went on to a stellar freshman year, racking up 1,174 receiving yards on 85 catches and eight total touchdowns. He again scored eight times in 2014 with 1,261 yards and last year, had a career-best 91 grabs as the focal point of the offense.
He was a Freshman Team All-American, was All-ACC First Team in each of his final two years and was also named to various All-American teams those two seasons as well. Boyd was a second-round NFL Draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals this spring as he begins his pro career.
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