Pitt’s Boyd named to Biletnikoff list

PITTSBURGH – Pitt’s Tyler Boyd, the nation’s most productive freshman receiver last season, has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award, annually presented to “the outstanding receiver in college football.”

Boyd is one of only five sophomores on the 55-player Biletnikoff list. He has now been named a preseason candidate for three different awards. Boyd previously was named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s player of the year, and Paul Hornung Award, given to the country’s most versatile player.

Pitt boasts a strong history with the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. Two former Panthers have won the award, Antonio Bryant in 2000 and Larry Fitzgerald in 2003. Pitt is one of only four schools to have two Biletnikoff trophies, joining Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Texas Tech.

Boyd compiled 85 catches for 1,174 yards (13.8 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He set Pitt freshman records for receptions and yards, eclipsing marks held by Fitzgerald (who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002). Boyd also set the ACC record for freshman receptions, topping the mark held by Clemson’s Sammy Watkins (82 catches in 2011).

Red Flash to be aired

LORETTO – The Saint Francis football team will be featured on ESPN3 for its Oct. 25 game at Sacred Heart, the Northeast Conference announced.

The Red Flash will face the defending NEC champions in Sacred Heart as the Pioneers finished with a 10-3 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark. The Pioneers feature the reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Year and a 2014 Walter Payton Award watch list member in running back Keshaudas Spence.

The Flash handed Sacred Heart one of its two losses in conference play last year, defeating the Pioneers, 24-10, on homecoming.