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Pitt football notebook: Ohio offensive lineman verbally commits to Pitt

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014 7:45 a.m.

• Pitt continued to emphasize the offensive line in recruiting, securing a verbal commitment from Rob Dowdy of Westerville (Ohio) South. Dowdy (6-foot-5, 296 pounds) is the third offensive lineman in Pitt’s 2015 class, joining Alex Paulina of Canon-McMillan and Tony Pilato of Hempfield. Pitt signed a total of eight offensive linemen in 2013 and ’14. Dowdy is the 11th three-star recruit in Pitt’s current class, according to Pitt has verbal commitments from 14 seniors overall. Dowdy has scholarship offers from 15 schools, including Miami, Michigan State, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Louisville.

• Pitt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who dislocated his left pinky Saturday while returning a punt against Delaware, practiced Monday and Tuesday. Coach Paul Chryst wouldn’t say if Boyd’s fingers were taped to protect them. “I can’t give away all our secrets,” he said. He added, with a chuckle, “Yeah, we’re going to use a little tape, band-aid, duct tape.”

• Running backJames Conner, who played less than half the game but scored four touchdowns, and guard Matt Rotheram were named ACC Offensive Back and Lineman of the Week for their efforts against Delaware.

• Pitt received one point in the others-receiving-votes category of the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Kirk Bohls of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman put Pitt at No. 25 on his ballot. Pitt is tied with North Dakota State and Louisiana-Lafayette. It marked the first time Pitt received a mention since the Panthers defeated South Florida in 2011 to improve to 3-2.

• Pitt used 64 players against Delaware. Twenty-three (almost 36 percent) were first-time participants.

— Jerry DiPaola

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