James Ferguson

Five Concerns The Pitt Panthers Face In 2014

Created on Mar. 17, 2014 12:20 PM EST

Tyler Boyd And The "Sophomore Slump"

Pitt's second area of concern is whether Boyd can avoid the infamous sophomore slump, connected to many athletes over the years (Alabama receiver Amari Cooper last season, for example).

Boyd, who set freshman records as Pitt's top receiver, will be called upon as a major source of offensive production. He will be adjusting to the likes of Voytik as quarterback, which might present a problem; however, the two could also potentially make for a nice tandem.

Can Boyd make a push to put up the same stats that he did his freshman year (85 catches, 1,174 receiving yards and seven touchdowns)?

Boyd will face comparisons to former Pitt standout and perhaps future Pro Football Hall Of Fame member Larry Fitzgerald; Fitzgerald finished his redshirt sophomore season in 2003 with 1,672 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns, clearly avoiding a sophomore slump.

Boyd will have to outdo to his spectacular freshman season to get the recognition he deserves.

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