The Pitt Panthers have lost two straight games and appear out of the running for the ACC title, but there are some things that Paul Chryst can feel good about looking ahead to the future of the Panthers program. Right at the top of the list is the emergence of freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd as a leader of the offense and a future star in college football. How high can Boyd rise with Pitt during his collegiate career?
If his debut season is any indication, the sky is the limit. Boyd leads the team in receptions (45) and touchdowns (6) and is second in yards (644) to senior Devin Street. He’s caught multiple passes in every game this season and gone over 100-yards receiving four times already as he continues to develop into a go-to option in the passing game. Last week, he finished with a game-high 11 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown in Pitt’s 21-10 loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
There’s obviously still a lot of work to do on this Pitt roster before they can compete with the top of the ACC but having that playmaker on the outside who can stretch defenses vertically is huge in modern football. Having Boyd available to keep defensive coordinators honest and prevent teams loading up on the box will help Pitt develop their running game (eventually) without dealing with safeties stacked up to stop them. It will also be huge for whoever wins the starting quarterback job next season to have that reliable No. 1 receiver available on the outside.
Boyd isn’t going to be able to turn Pitt into a contender all by himself but his potential to become a major star in college football is a good place for the Panthers’ to start. Can the talented pass-catcher elevate the Pitt Panthers towards ACC title contention in his collegiate career?