James Conner went through one of the most trying off-seasons imaginable.
The Panther star missed the majority of last season after tearing his MCL on September 7. In early December, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. Nine months later, he is back on the field, scoring touchdowns for Pitt.
Conner scored the first touchdown of the year for the Panthers, a three yard stretch to put Pitt up 7-0 on FCS program Villanova.
Pitt has not been shy about giving Conner the ball so far today. He has 11 carries for 34 yards, and one reception on the day so far. Quarterback Nathan Peterman has thrown the ball 14 times and run twice, while impressive RB2 Qadree Ollison only has one carry thus far.
Before his injury, Conner was one of the best players in the ACC. He was a first team All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 2014. He announced that he was cancer free back in May.
Conner's return to college football is easily one of the best stories of this early college football season.