Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
The stars of the ACC have moved on, which means it's time for a new crop of standout players to emerge. Seven players received a vote for the offensive player of the year and defensive player of the year award in 2014, but only one of those seven, Pittsburgh's James Conner, returns this fall, opening the door for fresh faces. Click here to read the full story on ESPN.com.
Pitt running back James Conner has a little bit of Aaron Donald in him. The traits they share do not seem coincidental when you consider the attributes that turn good players into great ones.
They are both relentless, aggressive, physical, constantly churning and mostly impossible to stop -- stat-producing machines who demand constant attention.
Is it any wonder they have become poster children for the Panthers' program over the past two seasons? Not in blue-collar Pittsburgh, a town that prides itself on its hard-working, no-nonsense tough guys. Conner and Donald fit the mold more than most.
There have been some great Pitt football features in the media on Wednesday morning including a column on QB Tom Savage in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, an article on DB Ray Vinopal in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a feature on star DT Aaron Donald on ESPN.com. To get more insight on these standouts, check out the links below!
Pitt wide receivers Devin Street and Tyler Boyd have seen much success already this season and, along with quarterback Tom Savage, are making a real impact on the Panthers production. The ESPN.com's Matt Fortuna featured the dynamic duo in a Tuesday morning blog: Receivers provide huge boost for Pitt
If you missed today's coverage in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tribune Review and ESPN.com, we have them for you here. With training camp just 11 days away, we look to bring you more Pitt football content in the coming days. Keep checking back!
ESPN.com is highlighting each week's
ultimate ACC road trip throughout the football season. It's no surprise that
Pitt's Sept. 2 matchup with Florida State at Heinz Field is mentioned as a
"can't miss" contest.
"You can't miss the Labor
Day opener at Heinz Field, when Pittsburgh will take on one of the best
programs in the ACC in what will be the Panthers' first game as a member of the
conference. It will be a nationally-televised game that will mean something to the
conference race, and it will be the first chance of the season to see both
programs under the direction of their new quarterbacks."
Do you have your tickets for this can't miss matchup?
Fans can call the Panthers Ticket Office at 800-643-PITT (7488) or can reach us
on the web for tickets.
ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy is reporting from ACC meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., this week and had a chance to speak to Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson about the Pitt football series vs. Penn State.
ESPN.com's Heather Dinich recently traveled to Pittsburgh and was able to take some time with Pitt football DB K'Waun Williams. You can find additional content from that interview here: Checking in with Pitt DB K'Waun Williams