2014 American Athletic Conference Second Team Amercian Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 13, 2014) 2014 Dave Campbell's Preseason All-Texas Second Team 2014 Phil Steele's Preseason AAC First Team 2014 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC Second Team 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2014: Started all 13 games at linebacker for the Cougars this season ... tallied double-digit tackles 18 times in his career, including nine games this season and the first six to open the year ... moved from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker when starter Derrick Mathews went out with an injury in the sixth game ... had 8.5 tackles for a loss of 41 yards and 3.5 sacks ... added two interceptions for a gain of 23 yards, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... led the team in tackles for the second straight season with 136, which ranked second in the league ... registered six tackles in Houston's come from behind victory in the Armed Forces Bowl ... racked up a game-high 14 tackles at Cincinnati ... notched a career-tying 16 tackles and a half tackle for loss in win over Tulsa ... recorded a team-high 13 tackles vs. Tulane ... also added a sack for a loss of 11 yards ... racked up a team-leading nine tackles, including two for a loss of 10 yards and a sack in win at USF ... had five tackles and a sack vs. Temple ... tallied 12 tackles, two tackles for loss of four yards at Memphis ... had two interceptions vs. Tigers (including game-sealing interception with under two minutes left) ... tallied another team-leading 10 tackles vs. UCF ... added a tackle for loss and fumble recovery vs. Knights ... had 11 tackles vs. UNLV at BYU, totaled 12 tackles ... had 10 tackles vs. Grambling ... had a half tackle for a loss of seven yards vs. Grambling and one tackle for a loss of five yards vs. UTSA.
2013: Started all 13 games for Houston at linebacker ... team's leading tackler with 134 stops ... second in The American Athletic Conference and 12th nationally with an average of 10.3 tackles per game ... second among linebackers in The American and led Houston with 13 tackles for loss ... collected 10 or more tackles in eight games ... had a Houston season-best 16 tackles against BYU, one of seven games this season with at least 11 stops ... had solo sacks against Temple and BYU with a half sack at Louisville ... forced fumbles against Temple and Memphis ... recovered a fumble against UTSA ... broke up a pass vs. SMU.
2012: A reserve linebacker ... saw action in 11 games ... had multiple tackles in four games as he finished the season with 11 stops.
2010: Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team ... played in all 12 games, starting the final three ... made his collegiate debut against Texas State during the season opener ... tied for game-high honors with 11 tackles against the Bobcats ... totaled five tackles, including two solo stops against MSU ... had six tackles, including two solos and 1.5 for a loss against UCF ... made first career start against Tulsa totaling 15 tackles, including three solo stops and an assisted sack for a two-yard loss and an assisted tackle for a one-yard loss ... led the team for the second straight week with 12 tackles and one tackle for loss at Southern Miss ... posted seven tackles and two fumble recoveries in the season finale at Texas Tech.
High School: Three-year letterman at Langham Creek High ... three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... No. 56 linebacker by Rivals.com ... named First-Team All-District by Houston Chronicle ... selected Second-Team All-Greater Houston by TexasPrepInsider.com ... set a school record with 27 tackles in a game ... recorded 95 tackles with 10 for a loss and six sacks as a senior in 2009 ... posted 131 tackles with nine sacks and a pair of interceptions as a junior in 2008 ... finished with 115 tackles, including eight sacks, as a sophomore in 2007... member of the Honor Roll and the Team Leadership Club.
Personal: Full name is Efrem Oliphant ... son of Debbie Hayward ... majoring in kinesiology.
Efrem Oliphant's Career Bests Tackles: 16, twice, last vs. Tulsa (2014) Tackles for Loss: 2, 7x, last at USF (2014) Sacks: 1, 5x, last vs. Tulane (2014) Fumbles Forced: 1, 2x, last vs. Memphis (2013) Fumble Recovered: 2, Texas Tech (2010) PBU: 1, SMU (2013) Interceptions: 2, at Memphis (2014)