Pitt star running back James Conner likely out for the year

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 8, 2015 1:59 AM

Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) tries to get past Youngstown State Penguins safety LeRoy Alexander (3) on a long run, Saturday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Pittsburgh) -- Pitt running back James Conner will miss the rest of the 2015 season after tearing the MCL in his right knee during Saturday's win over Youngstown State.

The reigning ACC Player of the Year ran for a pair of early touchdowns against the Penguins before tweaking the knee on a carry early in the second quarter.

Coach Pat Narduzzi initially held James out as a precaution, but said further tests done Sunday revealed the extent of the injury.

Narduzzi says Conner will undergo surgery later this week, adding it's too early to tell if this will affect the junior's NFL draft status.

Conner called the injury a "temporary setback.''

Redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison ran for 207 yards in Conner's absence.

The Panthers (1-0) play at Akron on Saturday.

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