Pitt WR Boyd quickly picking up honors


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Pitt coach Paul Chryst conceded after the 49-27 win Saturday against New Mexico that he has learned not to be surprised by what freshman receiver Tyler Boyd does on the football field.

Boyd caught six passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and added the first of what likely will be many honors for his performance.

The Clairton High School graduate was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's receiver of the week and the 247 Sports True Freshman of the Week Monday.

"It's a dream come true," Boyd said of his early success. "Everything I expected, but I didn't know I was going to go through it this early. I'm just really happy about it and I'm thankful for everybody that helped me get there."

Through two games, Boyd has eight catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. He also has five rushes for 93 yards and a touchdown. In the first quarter Saturday, he took an end-around handoff 33 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.

As time ran out in the first half, Boyd hauled in his first touchdown pass, making a difficult catch in traffic at the back of the end zone.

"I caught it and I didn't think I was in there," he said. "After I caught it, I watched it on the Jumbotron I was just real pumped, happy about what I did."

Perhaps most important, Boyd's rapid emergence has prevented opposing defenses from constantly double-teaming redshirt senior Devin Street. Coming into the year, Street was the only proven receiver for Pitt.

"With me coming into this offense, it'll help Devin a lot because it'll bring a lot of pressure off him to keep doing the same things," Boyd said. "Teams can't double both of us. If they double him or me, one of us will be open. I know both of us are capable of making huge plays like everyone's seen."

Another freshman debuts

Freshman offensive lineman Dorian Johnson made his Pitt debut Saturday, meaning his "redshirt" is removed and this year will count against his four of eligibility.

Johnson, from Belle Vernon, played mainly as an extra tackle with the first team early and as right tackle on the second team near the end of the game.

"It may differ from game to game, but, certainly, when we play a guy we want to make sure that we're committed enough to make it a worthwhile year for the young man," Chryst said. "We'll have some things for Dorian. If [an injury] happened at one of the tackle spots, he'd absolutely play, and there are some other ways we might look at using him."

Johnson was the 12th freshman to play for Pitt this season. Chryst said that the remaining 14 likely will redshirt, barring an injury.

Injury report

Chryst said Pitt finished the New Mexico game relatively healthy, with no new injuries. Defensive back Brandon Felder did not dress for the game because of turf toe, and linebacker Bam Bradley (shoulder) dressed and warmed up, but did not play against the Lobos.

Virginia game details

The ACC announced Monday that Pitt's Sept. 28 game against Virginia will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and be televised locally on Root Sports.

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Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG.


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