Pitt freshman athlete Tyler Boyd has been compared by fans this season to former Panther wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant. Now, the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of more than 215 prominent college football journalists, commentators and former receivers, have also compared Boyd to the former Panther greats.
Pitt's athletic department announced today that the talented freshman has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watchlist. He joins teammate senior wide receiver Devin Street who had already been on the list since this summer.
The Bilitnekoff Award is no stranger to the University of Pittsburgh. Bryant won the award in 2000 and Fitzgerald won the award in 2003. Additionally, Pitt wide receiver coach Bobby Engram was the inaugural recipient of the award in 1994 while playing at Penn State.
In just four games this season, Boyd has 23 catches for 425 yards (18.5 avg.) and four touchdowns. He additionally has 98 rushing yards on seven carries (14.0 avg.), including a 33-yard TD run. He leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally in all-purpose yards with an average of 175.2 per game. Boyd is fifth in the ACC in receptions (5.8 per game) and third in kick return average (22.2).
Boyd and Street as a duo ranks as the top receiving tandem in the ACC. Street leads the conference in receiving yards per game (111.2 avg.) while Boyd ranks third (106.2 avg.).
In the Panthers’ 14-3 win over Virginia this past Saturday, Boyd had 111 yards on seven catches (15.9 avg.). It was his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game, making him one of only two Pitt freshmen to accomplish the feat. Bryant also had three straight 100-yard games as a Pitt freshman in 1999.
The award is presented each year Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation to the nation's top college receiver. This year’s award winner will be announced on Dec. 12 during the live ESPN telecast.
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