Six months or so into his first head-coaching job, and Pat Narduzzi is facing his stiffest off-field test yet at Pittsburgh.
According to the local CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, Tyler Boyd was arrested and charged early Friday morning. Specifically, the wide receiver is facing a charge of suspicion of driving under the influence following a traffic stop. Why the stop initiated in the first place wasn’t detailed.
From KDKA‘s report:
According to police paperwork, the officer who pulled him over “smelled the moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage about Boyd,” who said he “had ‘two shots’ but did not start drinking until after the NBA Finals game he was watching.”
The 20-year-old was placed under arrest after being administered a breathalyzer that tested positive for alcohol, police paperwork said. He was then taken to Jefferson Hospital for a blood test.
After news of the arrest and charges surfaced, Narduzzi issued a statement through the school’s sports information department.
“Tyler’s situation is both serious and disappointing,” the coach began. “We have high expectations for the young men in our program, on and off the field. Tyler understands that and knows he must be responsible for his actions. Certainly, he will be held accountable to our internal standards of discipline and behavior.”
Simply put, Boyd is an indispensable piece to the Panthers’ passing attack.
As a true freshman in 2013, Boyd led Pitt with 85 receptions for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns. A year later as a sophomore, Boyd hit the same trifecta with 78-1,261-8. No. 2 in receptions in 2014 had 21 (J.P. Holtz), while No. 2 in receiving yards had 201 (Manasseh Garner). Only Holtz, a tight end, returns of those two in 2015.
Boyd’s name will litter nearly every preseason All-American team, and he’s widely projected to declare early and become a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.