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50th year celebration ''WE'RE NOT DONE YET'' Developing the youth future, while enhancing the community

50th year celebration ''WE'RE NOT DONE YET'' Developing the youth future, while enhancing the community

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Oct, 2015

Cataract Alum in the NEWS!

“Q” as everyone knows him, had played for the “Nation” since he was 6 years old, where his dad coach Wayne Ollison was an executive board member and head coach for the Steelers for over 20 years. “Q” had a standout career for Cataract and Canisius HS, he has now taken his act to the national stage! “Q” has come to Cataract pre-season camps over the last 2 years to share his experiences and give back to his community. He has always led by example, with his dedication, discipline and humility. He his work in the classroom, as well as on the field and in the weight room has paid off! They are currently 3-1 on the season and Qadree has taken on a major role as the starting RB and has seized the opportunity! Please enjoy the article. #CATARACTNATIONSTANDUP!

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

For much of the season, Pitt's running game has been in flux.

James Conner suffered a season-ending injury in the team's opener. Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison both picked up starts in his absence, but Hall missed the team's last game against Virginia Tech with a leg injury himself. Last year's backup Chris James has battled a concussion sustained earlier in the season and has missed time. Now, though, it appears like someone has finally taken hold of the job.

Ollison, who started the last game, has been the team's best rusher all year. This week when the official depth chart was released, he sat atop it without the familiar 'OR' designation used when players are battling for a spot.

Ollison, of course, deserves it at this point. He ran for 207 yards in his debut against Youngstown State. And while he was held relatively in check in games against Akron and Iowa, he had another big game this weekend against Virginia Tech, rushing for 122 yards on only 19 carries for a gaudy 6.4 yards per carry. Ollison also made some huge plays in that contest, with 43-yard and 25-yard runs (the latter going for a touchdown) coming out of halftime..

On the season, the redshirt freshman has piled up 427 yards and three rushing touchdowns. His 7.1 yard-per-carry average stands out, too, serving as proof of his many big gains. I don't see him maintaining that average the rest of the season as the competition gets stiffer, but to date, despite some ups and downs, Ollison has performed well. Pitt needs to get Darrin Hall and Chris James fully healthy and get them some carries, too. But for now, Ollison is the man in Pitt's backfield. Qadree and the Pitt Panther take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers at home, Saturday October 10,2015 at 12:30 pm the will be nationally televised on the ACC network.

Article courtesy of Cardiac Hill - Author: Anson Whaley, October 7, 2015.

http://www.cardiachill.com/2015/10/7/9467673/qadree-ollison-pitt-football-chris-james-darrin-hall-pittsburgh-panthers-james-conner

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