When James Conner went down with a season-ending injury, Darrin Hall was expected to be one of the backs who’d help attempt to replace the steep loss of production. Now, though, Hall has joined his teammate on the sidelines.
Hall has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech because of an unspecified leg injury. The good news is that whatever the injury issue with which Hall is dealing is not expected to keep him out long-term, although the team hasn’t given a timeline for a return.
Hall was Pitt’s leading rusher in his last time out, a Sept. 18 loss to Iowa, although he managed just 38 yards on 14 carries.
The Panthers are coming off a bye, and are now down to two scholarship running backs — Qadree Ollison and Chris James. It’s believed Ollison will get the start against Tech, although his flame has died out a bit after bursting on the scene in Week 1.
Ollison replaced Connor when he went down in the opener and proceeded to run for 207 yards on 16 carries. In the last two games, the redshirt freshman has been held to a 3.9 yards per carry on his 25 attempts. James has averaged 3.6 yards on his nine carries this season.
Hall’s injury is the latest in a mini-string of setbacks for the position. In addition to the loss of Conner, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year, senior Rachid Ibrahim sustained an injury to one of his Achilles tendons in late August that ended his season before it ever started.