Pitt’s Boyd named to all-freshman team

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One of college football’s most exciting newcomers this past fall, Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd was named Monday to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.

Boyd was Divison I-A’s most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns. He set Pitt freshman records for receptions and yards, eclipsing marks previously held by Larry Fitzgerald, who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002.

Boyd’s reception total ranks second overall at Pitt, trailing only Fitzgerald’s school-record 92 catches as a sophomore in 2003. Boyd’s receiving yardage ranks fourth on the Panthers’ single-season list.

The FWAA recognition is the latest honor for Boyd, who is from Clairton High School and enjoyed a decorated debut season. He was selected All-Atlantic Coast Conference by the league’s coaches and media, and a Freshman All-American by Sporting News and 247Sports.

Boyd capped the 2013 season with a magnificent performance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling 242 all-purpose yards to help the Panthers defeat Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green, 30-27.

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