Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner is out for the season with a torn MCL.
Conner sustained the injury during the second quarter of the Panthers 45–37 win over Youngstown State. Conner, a junior, was last season’s ACC Player of the Year.
“I greatly appreciate everyone’s support and well wishes,” Conner said in a statement. “This is a temporary setback and I’m going to work even harder to bounce back. Even though I won’t be able to play this season, I’m going to be right beside my teammates and help them every way I can to have a great season.”
Conner ran eight times for 77 yards and two touchdowns before his injury Saturday. In his career, he has 452 carries for 2,641 yards and 36 touchdowns.
The Panthers next game is on Sept. 12 at Akron.
- Rohan Nadkarni