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Tyler Greenawalt | NCAA.com | February 13, 2016

Pittsburgh football: James Conner returns to the practice field two months after cancer diagnosis

  James Conner (center) was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in December.

Two months after Pittsburgh running back James Conner announced he'd been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, Conner is already back practicing with the team.

Conner had an outstanding 2014 season where he tallied over 1,700 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns to earn ACC player of the year honors, but an MCL injury early in the year derailed the dynamic running back's 2015 campaign. Despite the diagnosis in December, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi guaranteed that Conner will play in 2016.

Even Conner was optimistic about his return.

"I will play football again," Conner told the Associated Press. "I will be at Heinz Field again. I have the best coaches and the teammates in the country."

After watching him running and cutting, no one has any doubt Conner is on his way back onto the gridiron.

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