Tyler Boyd Has Breakout Performance for Pittsburgh Panthers

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True freshman Tyler Boyd gave the nation a sneak peek at his skill set during Pittsburgh‘s season-opening loss to Florida State.

On Saturday, he gave them a full look.

Boyd was outstanding in Pittsburgh’s thrilling 58-55 win over the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, grabbing eight passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He showed tremendous versatility, and a knack for running after the catch.

Boyd’s first touchdown reception came on a 27-yard pass where he originally lined up as a running back and swung out of the backfield into the boundary. Panthers quarterback Tom Savage hit him along the sideline, and after a couple of great juke moves, Boyd snuck inside the pylon to give Pitt a 13-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Boyd displayed his pure speed, getting behind the defense for a 69-yard score. From a tight formation, Boyd ran down the seam as Savage carried out a play-action fake. The safety hesitated for just a second, but that was all Boyd needed to get separation and the touchdown.

He capped his day with a touchdown late in the third quarter on a bullet from Savage. Lined up on the inside of a trips set, Boyd ran in a dig in behind the linebacker and settled down just across the goal line. Savage found him and delivered a strike for the 14-yard score.

Boyd wasn’t one of the most hyped recruits coming into the ACC for 2013, but he’s playing like one of the best.

If he continues to produce, Savage will have two great weapons in Boyd and Devin Street.

B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google. 

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