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Pitt RB coach Andre Powell says the Panthers need to get senior RB Darrin Hall on the field more.

Much was expected of Hall coming into the year after he led Pitt in rushing yards (628), attempts (128) and touchdowns (nine) last season. But Hall got hopped by Qadree Ollison in the pecking order and has only 18 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown through three games. "Hall is playing really good," Powell said. "I need to play Hall a little bit more because he can bring a lot to the table, take a little bit off (Qadree) Ollison because we have a long season to play."
Sep 19 - 12:56 PM

Pitt redshirt senior RB Qadree Ollison rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 24-19 win over Georgia Tech.

Ollison (6'2/225) was given the start after rushing for 119 yards against Penn State, and he made the most out of his new title on Saturday. The senior ran for a 31 yard touchdown in the first quarter and found the end zone again from eight yards out on his way to 5.4 yards per carry against Georgia Tech. Averaging a respectable 5.1 yards per carry on his career, Ollison is a legit player for Pittsburgh and will likely be fed 12 to 20 carries next week against North Carolina on the road.
Sep 15 - 3:41 PM

Pitt redshirt senior RB Qadree Ollison is listed as the starter at running back for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Ollison (6'2/223) was the only offensive player who performed at all against the Nittany Lions, and it appears that he's being rewarded for that effort. Darrin Hall -- the presumed starter going into the 2018 season -- is listed as the backup, and should still get touches against the Yellow Jackets. It's Ollison's backfield for now, however, as he's rushes for 192 yards in the first two games.
Sep 10 - 2:57 PM

Pitt redshirt senior RB Qadree Ollison rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in Saturday's 51-6 loss to Penn State.

Ollison (6'2/23) was the only real offensive performer for the Panthers in this one, as QB Kenny Pickett managed just 55 yards passing (!) in the defeat, essentially taking the passing game out of the equation altogether. The redshirt senior has now turned in 192 rushing yards through two games. A home showdown with Georgia Tech shows next on the schedule as Ollison tries to keep up his nice start to the campaign.
Sep 9 - 1:02 AM

Pitt sophomore QB Kenny Pickett completed 9-of-18 passes for 55 yards and an interception in Saturday's 51-6 loss to Penn State.

Yuck. Just plain yuck. We didn't expect any particular offensive pyrotechnics from Pickett in this one, but even so, it was an exceedingly lackluster performance. It would appear that this is still his starting job, though, as even in the blowout no other quarterback took a snap. Pickett and company will look to rebound against Georgia Tech next Saturday.
Sep 9 - 12:57 AM

Pitt sophomore WR Taysir Mack is listed as a starter for Saturday's contest against Penn State.

Mack (6'2/200) made three catches for 44 yards in a soft opening against Albany in his first game with the Panthers. A transfer from Indiana, Mack has big-time playmaking ability, and he could be Kenny Pickett's top option by the time the season ends. The match-up with the Nittany Lions is not a favorable one, but the Panthers might need to throw a lot in that game, so it could be a solid day for the sophomore.
Sep 3 - 2:39 PM

Pitt sophomore RB A.J. Davis rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 33-7 win over Albany.

The former four-star has been hyped up this offseason with reports indicating a bigger workload. That was indeed the case in the opener, as he led the team in carries. However, Davis (6'0/215) averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in this one, and that is including his 14-yard scamper. Qadree Ollison had the best game -- he went for 73 yards on seven carries --of the running backs in the mix. The running back committee will face Penn State next Saturday.
Sep 1 - 7:35 PM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes caught three passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 33-7 win over Albany.

Araujo-Lopes (5'9/190) scored from three and 42-yards out in the second quarter. With a 33-7 lead at half-time, there was not a need to throw the ball a lot. The small wide out averaged 12.3 yards per reception on 43 catches last season. Araujo-Lopes will have a tougher matchup against Penn State next Saturday.
Sep 1 - 7:28 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Kenny Pickett went 16-of-22 for 154 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 33-7 win over Albany.

Pickett (6'2/225) also added 42 yards and a score on the ground. Pitt came out of the gates on fire -- they scored 33 points by half-time -- but there was a short lived injury scare in the second half when Pickett went down. But he reappeared shortly after. This offseason, Pickett was able to hold off former five-star Ricky Town for the starting gig, and he likely separated himself further with this all-around solid performance. The Panthers will host Penn State next Saturday.
Sep 1 - 7:18 PM

Pitt redshirt junior QB Jeff George Jr. is not suiting up for the season opener.

George Jr. just transferred from Michigan this week, so this isn't very surprising. In order to play, George Jr. needs to be cleared by the NCAA, which is still up in the air.
Sep 1 - 3:31 PM

Pitt sophomore WR Taysir Mack said that he is healthy and ready to contribute against Albany in the opener.

Mack (6'2/200) had been waiting on an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility after transferring over from Indiana, one which was granted in the vicinity of 10 days ago. By his word it sounds as though he's primed for the season now that he'll be allowed to take the field. In eight games as a true freshman playing for the Hoosiers last year, he posted a 23-310-3 receiving line. We like him to improve on those numbers now that he's gotten a year of collegiate play under his belt.
Aug 28 - 11:49 AM

Redshirt junior QB Jeff George Jr. is transferring from Michigan to Pittsburgh.

It's the third school change for George Jr. in a little over two months, as he left the Illinois program to join Michigan as a walk-on this June. The son of former NFL quarterback and first-overall pick Jeff George, the younger George Jr. has struggled in his limited playing time, and likely will serve as quarterback fodder for the Panthers in 2018 -- assuming he's eligible to play, which Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is unsure of at this time.
Aug 27 - 2:53 PM

Michigan redshirt junior QB Jeff George Jr. is transferring from Michigan.

George walked on to the Wolverines this summer after spending the beginning of his collegiate career with Illinois. The son of former first-overall pick Jeff George, the younger George is likely looking for a chance to compete for playing time; something he wasn't going to get with Shea Patterson and some other highly-recruited players in the way. In 2017, he threw for eight touchdowns with 10 interceptions in five starts for the Illini.
Aug 26 - 9:00 AM

Pitt sophomore QB Kenny Pickett will be the starter for the Panthers' opener against Albany on September 1.

That means that Ricky Town -- a five-star commit to USC who transferred to the school -- will be the backup to begin the year. The sophomore signal-caller had flashes of brilliance in his time with Pittsburgh last year, but there were also fits of inconsistency -- enough so that the quarterback job wasn't given to him. Pickett (6'2/225) will have to play well with Town over his shoulder, but for now, it's his job.
Aug 24 - 8:59 PM

Pitt sophomore RB A.J. Davis is "crawling up the depth chart."

Davis was a four-star and ESPN's No. 140 overall prospect of 2017, so the hype has always been there for Davis. Currently behind trusted starting senior RBs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison, Davis is someone the coaching staff wants to give looks to "because he does things differently than the other two guys do."
Aug 21 - 7:18 PM


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