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Pittsburgh receiver Jordan Addison (3) hopes to improve on his 60-catch freshman season.

Pitt’s Jordan Addison will enter the 2021 football season thinking he can do better.

Addison was Pitt’s most impactful first-year wide receiver since Tyler Boyd in 2013.

New season, new hope for the 2020 Tuscarora High School graduate.

“I think I had a pretty good year,” Addison said Thursday after Pitt’s sixth practice of the spring.

Yet, pretty good isn’t good enough in his eyes, even if three media outlets named him a freshman All-American.

“I left a lot of plays out there that I’m working on,” said Addison, who checked in this spring at 6-foot, 175 pounds (five pounds heavier than last season). “I feel like you have to be hard on yourself and believe in yourself at all times. That’s what motivates me.”

Addison’s stats were good — he led the nation’s freshmen with 60 receptions — but he also had 10 drops in 10 games. In his sophomore season, he would like to display better hands and increased knowledge of the offense while improving on his 666 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

“I think I need to work on learning the whole offense,” he said. “My freshman year, I feel like I just knew what I was doing. I want to know what everybody is doing so I know the spacing and the timing and where the ball is going to be.”

He said his goal is to reach 1,000 receiving yards, a feat that has been done by only seven others at Pitt and not since Boyd’s 1,261 in 2014.

“My goals are high,” he said.

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