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Pitt's James Conner May Play Both Ways This Year, Wants 10 Sacks And 10 Touchdowns

Pitt's James Conner had a very solid freshman year, putting up 799 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. As a sophomore, he really plans to step things up...in more ways than you'd think. Conner is prepared to play defensive end this season, and could bring some serious speed to the pass rush. 

Conner spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the move, and he has some gaudy expectation for his season on both sides of the ball.

“I want to have about 10 sacks and go for about 10 touchdowns and try to go for about 1,300 rushing yards.”

Interestingly, it was talking to a current Pittsburgh Steeler that inspired him to give defense a shot.

When Pitt running back James Conner and Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons crossed paths last year at their shared South Side training facility, it turned out to be more than a routine meeting...

“He told me I should be playing defense,” Conner said Monday after working the Harbor Creek High School football camp. “I kind of laughed it off, but it definitely stuck with me. I put heavy thought to that.”

Pitt needs to replace the country's best defensive lineman from last season in Aaron Donald, so they can certainly use an athlete like Conner. The question is, how much can they afford to let him play both ways?

[Tribune-Review]