BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Ranked 16th by MaxPreps in the Northeast Region and chasing their third Monsignor Martin title, if Canisius is going to three-peat, they’ll have to do it without all-time leading rusher Qadree Ollison, who now plays at Pitt and ran for more than 41-hundred yards in his career, along with defensive standout Ryan Richards.
“We lost those big names, but we got big names coming up,” senior quarterback Jakob Loucks said.
One player to keep an eye on – TJ Wheatley. The son of current Bills running back coach and former NFL player, Tyrone Wheatley, the senior is listed as the top high school prospect in the state as a tight end and defensive end.
“He’s not going to sneak up on anybody. You can’t focus on TJ alone. We have guys that can get open and make plays,” said Head Coach Rich Robbins.
“You know, I got a lot of good guys around me. I know if I just go out there and do what I’m supposed to do, those guys will make plays. It’s not about me making a tackle every play,” said Wheatley.
Leading the Crusaders offensive attack is quarterback Jakob Loucks, who grew up playing football in Canada, before moving to Buffalo.
“My first year playing American football was last year and it was overwhelming. It really was. They were throwing a lot at you, learning new plays, playing on a smaller field, different rules. But this year, I feel more comfortable with the play book and way more comfortable with the players,” he said.
Wheatly added: “Jake’s gotten a lot better. He’s learned the system, his arm is stronger. He’s throwing better balls. I’m excited to see what we do. We have a solid receiving corps this year.”