Will Boyd still be involved in Pitt’s return game?

Tyler Boyd has gained most recognition as a wide receiver the last two years, but in 2014, he also made his presence felt as one of the top return men in the conference. Averaging 27.6 yards per return on kickoffs and 10.1 on punts, Boyd received second-team All-ACC honors as a specialist last season.

With a new coaching staff in place, will the junior remain a focal point in the return game?

“No question about it,” head coach Pat Narduzzi told reporters when asked the question on Tuesday. “He did it last year and did a great job. I sat there and watched him return punts last spring and this fall so far, and I don’t think he’s ever dropped one.”

Coming out of the spring, Boyd was listed on the depth chart as the starter at kick returner and punt returner, with cornerback Avonte Maddox penciled in as the backup at both spots.