Here is the resulting video of last night’s call-in show. Myself, Ike, Richman, Pittman4ever and MissingWlat had a great and fun time doing it.
It is a bit ‘fits and starts’ throughout the video so I called Bluejeans about it and basically the service is for businesses with better computers and better audio and visual resources – but I like them anyhow.
Some other issues:
Here is a publication with a wealth of pre-season ACC Football information. It is the ACC Spring Football Prospectus and is heavy but fun reading and very informative. we discussed this last night in reference to the pre-season award watch lists and where some Pitt players landed on them.
This is interesting and just caught my attention. Apparently either our new AD Heather Lykes is making some staff changes or one member, one who was highly regarded Barnes hire and in place only about a year, Deputy Athletic Director for External Affairs Julio Freire just took off on his own accord.
Freire, hired by former athletic director Scott Barnes in March 2016, served as deputy athletic director for external affairs until stepping down April 14. He had been athletic director at Tennessee-Martin before coming to Pitt to assist Barnes in his fundraising efforts and other areas.
These things do happen with a new sheriff in town but just more instability it seems.
Chris Peak of Rivals.com did another excellent piece yesterday on Pitt Running Back prospects going into fall camp. As we know there are big shoes to fill with our All-Everything James Conner declaring for the draft. Remember that he had one more year at Pitt if he wanted but the time was right for him to get into the paying side of the sport.
A while ago I had written that it wasn’t necessarily the yardage that Conner racked up that will be missed. His 2016 total in that category wasn’t all that impressive given all his trials and tribulations though it was still a wonderful accomplishment.
It’s not easy to replace what Conner meant to Pitt off the field, and his on-field accomplishments are just as challenging. No one in the history of the ACC has ever scored more touchdowns than Conner (he had 56 total) and only one Pitt player rushed for more yards or scored more touchdowns in his career than Conner did (and that’s arguably the greatest player in Pitt history). Conner had a pair of seasons with at least 20 touchdowns and averaged more than five yards per carry over 668 rushing attempts.
To bolster that argument even more here is an interesting bit of info regarding Conner and our Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett.
Both had the exact yards per carry average in their careers at 5.9 ypc. Both were also TD machines as we know – but here Conner really separates himself from the rest of the totality of Pitt’s running backs throughout our history. Dorsett had 59 TDs in 1,163 carries for an average of one TD in every 19.7 carries.
Conner blows him out of the water with one TD in every 12.8 carries on his 52 TDs in only 668 carries. That my fiends is pure point scoring production and to put it into even more perspective the kid who I think will be our prime RB this year (depending on the true FR), Qadree Ollison, has had a TD for every 18.8 and is our leading returning scorer in the backfield. He carries a career 5.1 ypc average.
For a bit of historical perspective in this here are the other leading TD producers for Pitt:
LeSean McCoy = 1 TD:16.6 carries (4.8 ypc);
Randy McMillan = 1:17.4 (4.5 ypc);
Dion Lewis = 1:18.1 (5.2 ypc);
Qadree Ollison = 1:18.1 (5.1 ypc)
Ray Graham = 1:18.5 (5.4 ypc) and
Craig Heyward = 1: 28.3 (4.5 ypc).
So you can see that Ollison is right up there with Pitt’s top RBs in only two years so far. Give him the ball early and often Shawn and watch what happens!
Please do read the rest of Chris’ Rivals article and, while I’m not a paid pitchman, if you really want the best and most timely info on Pitt football in any media venue today a Rivals.com subscription is worth every penny it costs.
OK – more in a day or two guys and thanks for being so involved with the POV – truly a Pitt Football family, even if we are the Blacksheeps of it…