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.
During their frequent basement wrestling contests, the Conner boys broke a lot of things: lamps, numerous walls, coffee tables, couch legs, futons. Sometimes they made up stories about why stuff was broken, but their parents knew. At one point the action moved outdoors, to a new backyard trampoline with netting around it. The boys ripped the netting off on the first day. In about two weeks the trampoline collapsed to the ground.
Sophomore running back James Conner and redshirt junior center Artie Rowell were on the Starkey and Mueller Show on Thursday afternoon previewing the upcoming 2014 Pitt football season. If you missed any of the hour-long segment on 93.7 The Fan, we have the entire Pod Cast for you here.
The 2014 Pitt football schedule will be released later today. While you're waiting, build the anticipation with these season highlights from freshman RB James Conner -- a guy you'll see plenty of at Heinz Field this coming year!
Fresh off his MVP honors at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, freshman RB James Conner spoke with Trib Live Radio's Kevin Gorman. James talked about his record-breaking performance, his physicality and cutting off his long hair.
On Wednesday afternoon, freshman RB James Conner made an appearance on Trib Live Radio to talk about his success thus far and his adjustment to collegiate football. Conner was named the Athlon Sports National Co-Freshman of the Week along with teammate Tyler Boyd. Conner lead the Panthers and is second in the ACC in rushing (27th nationally) with an average of 108.7 yards rushing per game.
Pitt's impressive 58-point performance against Duke on the road on Saturday has brought in numerous awards and honors for the Panthers. A complete list of these honors is below. Be sure to vote for senior QB Tom Savage in the Davey O'Brien Award Fan Vote, as well as the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week.
Freshman running back James Conner spoke with the KDKA Radio morning show's Larry Richert and John Shumway on Tuesday morning and discussed the untimely death of his best friend Alyssa Josephine O'Neill and the #AJO Pay It Forward phenomenon that has come about. Conner dedicated a touchdown to his friend in Saturday's win against New Mexico.