Pitt receiver Boyd’s comments spark dialogue from coach, teammates
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd’s comments questioning some teammates’ willingness to “go all out” generated conversation among players and coaches that could be a positive force the rest of the season.
Boyd told the Tribune-Review in a story published Tuesday that “just a select few (players)” have sufficient determination to help the team win, crediting nine, including himself.
“What’s been good,” Chryst said, “it’s created some dialogue that’s been, I think, good for us. I love the conversations about ‘What do we need to do?’ ”
Among those not mentioned by Boyd in the Trib story was quarterback Chad Voytik, who told Chryst he didn’t feel threatened or offended by the comments.
Chryst said Voytik, who regularly returns to the team’s facilities after night classes to watch video until close to midnight, was the first to bring the story to his attention.
With both players in the room, Boyd told his coach, “I wish I wouldn’t have (mentioned) those names,” Chryst said.
“Chad (says) to me, ‘I get that. I forget (to mention) guys (during interviews).’ ”
Boyd is one of the most physically gifted players on the team, and his standards have been further raised by a high school career at Clairton where he never lost a game (48-0). He was a freshman All-American last year, and he is second in the ACC in receiving yards per game (87.9) this season. But Pitt has lost five of its past six games.
“I love that he has a high bar,” Chryst said. “(Boyd’s) intentions and wanting to kind of raise the level of expectations, I appreciate that.
“I really do think everyone at different stages has different definitions of doing well.
“We have some guys, and it’s probably where they should be at, but if they just do their assignment correct and are in the right gap or on the right guy, don’t have any penalties, they might say that was a good game.”
Chryst suggested Boyd’s personal expectations are higher.
“If Tyler goes and runs every route right, catches the ball that was thrown to him, he thinks he should impact the game, he should be the reason why we’re winning,” the coach said.
Chryst said he believes Boyd’s words stem from his desire for the team to get better.
“He truly wants to be a part of a winner.”
Notes: Chryst said wide receiver Manasseh Garner and backup defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett won’t play against North Carolina while continuing to recover from foot injuries. … Without Garner, the team’s second-leading pass catcher with 17 receptions, backups Adonis Jennings, Dontez Ford and, perhaps, Jester Weah will receive more playing time. “There is going to be a group that needs to step up,” Chryst said. … Redshirt freshman defensive end Luke Maclean will have season-ending ankle surgery, Chryst said.