Qadree Ollison has overall had a pretty successful career at Pitt, but unfortunately it ended a bit early today in Pitt’s bowl game against Stanford.
On a 3rd and 10 in the 3rd quarter, Pitt elected to run it with Ollison, and while he powered through for the first down, his ankle got tangled up. He walked off on his own power, but word just came out that he will not return, and he has removed his pads.
Ollison’s career started off well after redshirting and taking over for James Conner after his knee injury in 2015. Ollison went on to win the ACC Rookie of the Year award. Ollison took a bit of a backseat to Conner in 2016, and had a very pedestrian 2017 with just under 400 yards rushing. Ollison had a hell of a 2018, however, going for over1200 yards at 6.3 yards per carry for 11 touchdowns and that’s with splitting carriers with Pitt’s other 1000 yard rusher Darrin Hall.
Ollison, assuming he can get healthy after this injury, has a good shot of getting drafted in the late round of the 2019 NFL draft, and if not will certainly have some undrafted free agent deals.
We wish Ollison the best, and hope to see him become the next great NFL running back out of Pitt.