September 22, 2007

McCoy, the Panther turned Wildcat

LeSean McCoy's performance in Pitt's first three games has been much anticipated in many ways. The former four-star running back, who originally committed to Miami in February of 2006, attended Milford Prep for a year, then by the following February, committed to Pitt. Everyone knows the story by now.

What most didn't know, especially before the season, is how much McCoy would contribute, and if and when he would breakout. It's safe to say now, that if you didn't know who he was, 172 yards at Michigan State is a good way to break out.

Pitt's running game has spent the better part of this decade looking for a running back to take over a game. McCoy, though it's still early with just three career games, has answered some of those questions. He is the first freshman running back with back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since Curtis Martin did it in 1991. His three rushing touchdowns against Grambling marked the most rushing touchdowns by a freshman since Elliot Walker ran for four scores against Temple, 33 years ago. His 172 yards at Michigan State mark the seventh-best outing by a freshman running back at Pitt.

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