Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ollison Gives Tips to an Old Teammate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ollison Gives Tips to an Old Teammate

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First thing's first: Qadree Ollison wants to let you know which specific part of Upstate New York he calls home.

"I'm not from Buffalo. I went to school in Buffalo, but I'm not from Buffalo," Ollison, a Canisius High School graduate, said Tuesday with a wry smile after practice. "I'm from Niagara Falls, New York. I've got to clarify that."

It was a proud proclamation that followed his thoughts on his former quarterback at Pitt, Nathan Peterman, being drafted in the fifth round this spring by Ollison's quasi-hometown Buffalo Bills. Peterman has been a fast riser with his new team, ascending to second-team quarterback entering the second preseason game Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But Ollison is well aware of what his former teammate can do on the field, so he took to helping him out by giving him the skinny on his new city.

"Get a winter jacket," Ollison told the Florida native. "Get ready for some snow.

"But no, I talked to Nate, and he'll love Buffalo. He kinda got used to it up here in Pittsburgh, so he's seen some snow. He's never seen no snow like that, though. He'll be shocked when he sees that."

When it comes to Buffalo's most famous wing spots, Ollison has a recommendation for Peterman there, too.

"Oh yeah, you gotta go to Duff's," Ollison said. "Anchor Bar's the most famous one, but I'm a personal fan of Duff's. Anytime you can get that, you'll be good."

On the field, Ollison is the one taking tips - pointers from running backs coach Andre Powell, who said Monday he would like to see a little more improvement than he's getting from his most veteran rusher.

"I think he just has a higher expectation for older guys," the redshirt junior said. "I can't make the same mistakes as Todd [Sibley] or A.J. [Davis], guys that just got here. I can't make the same mistakes that freshmen make. I should know, for the most part, what I'm doing and what I'm supposed to do."

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