Pitt freshman athlete Tyler Boyd topped his opening day performance of 151 all-purpose yards with an even better performance in the 49-27 win against New Mexico this past Saturday. And for his efforts against the Lobos, Boyd was named Atlantic Coast Conference Receiver of the Week and also 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week on Monday.
"It felt really good to get back out on the field, especially after a loss," Boyd said. "We came up in the huddle and talked as an offense that we had to have a better performance than we did the first week so that's what we did."
Boyd caught six passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, ran for 39 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff for 22 yards.
"We executed all the plays and kept scoring. It's fun when the offense is scoring," Boyd said. "I got more to come. I want to keep making huge plays for my team. I want to win. I hate losing."
One catch was a 51-yarder in the first quarter with a defender riding his back. It set up Pitt's first score.
"I wanted to spark it for the team. My team had my back and I wanted to have theirs. I still wanted to make the big play to get everything going, even though he was holding my back," Boyd said. "I wanted to make that big play. Once that happened, everything got roling and everybody got pumped and excited and started making plays as well."
Another catch was an acrobatic grab in the back of the endzone near the end of the first half.
"I was on a dig route when [quarterback Tom Savage] got out of the pocket and I tried to make a play so I rolled out to a deep route," Boyd said. "I went up and caught it. That's what I wanted to do so that's what I did."
One of his jet sweeps was also a thing of beauty after he capped the 33-yard sprint across the field by finishing up the sideline and diving into the endzone.
"I liked the play at the end of the halftime the best," Boyd said. "The run was my first touchdown so I should probably roll with that [as the best]."
In the first two games of his college career, Boyd has eight catches for 160 yards (20.0 avg.) and one touchdown. He has five rushes for 93 yards (18.6 avg.) and a score. Boyd also contributes as a kick returner and averages an ACC-leading 23.2 yards per return (four for 93 yards).
"It's fun when the offense is rolling. I can do more things. I can run jets, I can catch deep passes, I can catch bubble screens, it opens up way more," Boyd said. "I think [the jet sweep] is already becoming known. As soon as I got on the field in the jet position, [the defense] was screaming, 'watch the sweep, watch the sweep.' "
Boyd ranks sixteenth nationally and third in the ACC with an average of 173 all-purpose yards per game.
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