Pittsburgh star wide receiver and potential All-American Tyler Boyd has been suspended for the season opener against Youngstown State, Panthers’ head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Monday.
Boyd was recently given probation after being arrested in June for driving while under the influence. He was reinstated to the program less than two weeks ago, but Narduzzi wanted to send an additional message. Also suspended for the opener will be sophomore defensive lineman Rori Blair, who was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after an arrest in March.
“In addition to their game suspensions, Tyler and Rori have been, and will continue to be, subject to internal discipline and accountability,” Narduzzi said in a release (h/t ESPN). “The situations were very disappointing and both young men have expressed their regret. Our expectation is that each of them, as well as our entire team, will learn from their mistakes and be better for it moving forward.”
Boyd was was given a year’s worth of probation for being a non-violent first-time DUI offender.
The 6’2”, 200-pound junior, is coming off a season in which he recorded 78 catches for 1,261 yards, and is the first receiver in ACC history to start his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons.