To almost no one's surprise, Tyler Boyd was named the ACC Receiver of the Week on Monday. Officially, he becomes the first Pitt player to earn a weekly ACC award.
Boyd was spectacular Saturday, as he led the team with 134 receiving yards on six catches, a 33-yard touchdown run and a 22-yard kickoff return.
Paul Chryst wouldn't gush over a freshman's performance so far, and he's certainly had a lot of true freshmen stepping up early. However, he is impressed at what a guy like Boyd is able to do this early.
"Obviously it depends on a lot of variables like who's here already and who are the freshmen," Chryst said. "It's your job as a coach to make sure that your best players can play. I'm glad right now that we have a group that can help us."
Boyd opened eyes from everyone when he caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Tom Savage as time expired at the end of the first half. Boyd was able to out jump double coverage, yet still tag his right foot at the back of the end zone, while making the catch.
He also caught a 51-yarder that caught the eye of center Artie Rowell.
"Me and Bis (left tackle Adam Bisnowaty) are running down the field, saying, 'how did he catch that?'," Rowell said.
"My job is to come out here, and help my team qualify for the ACC Championship," Boyd said, after earning his award on Monday. "It's only been two games, but I thought it was going to be way tougher than I thought. I'm not saying it's really easy, but I give credit to all the work I put in through the summer and all the help the coaches gave me. I give all the credit to the players and coaches."
Here is Boyd's complete interview from Monday: