HOUSTON – Thanks to a season that saw Houston’s Ed Oliver become the first sophomore in college football history to win the Outland Trophy, the Houston Football program will be represented in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta until the start of the 2018 season.
Oliver’s game-worn jersey, pants and gloves will be on display on the second floor of the facility following a season that saw the Houston native also become Houston’s first consensus All-American since 1989 when Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware claimed the honor.
The American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, Oliver was also a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy and, according to Bovada, has the best odds of any defensive player in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race.
He was also rated the nation’s top player in Athlon’s early ranking of college football's top 50 returning players for 2018 that was released Tuesday.
Ed Oliver | DT | Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)
- The Outland Trophy winner and The American’s Defensive Player of the Year, Oliver leads the nation with a career average of 1.56 tackles for loss per game, totaling 39.5 tackles for loss in only 25 games played.
- Playing the nose spot in a three-man front, Oliver totaled 73 tackles in 12 games this season, despite missing three quarters of one game and being limited in the next four with a knee injury.
- His average of 6.1 tackles per game this season ranked third nationally among all defensive linemen. Oliver’s 73 total tackles ranked second nationally among defensive tackles.
- Oliver’s 16.5 tackles were second among defensive tackles while his average of 1.38 tackles for loss per game led all defensive linemen in The American.
- The Houston native led UH in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (7), forced fumbles (2) and blocked kicks (1). He also had three pass breakups and one fumble recovery on the year.
- He recorded two double-digit tackle games this year, part of seven games with at least five tackles. He had five games this season with multiple tackles for loss and now has 13 career games with the distinction.
- Oliver closed out the regular season in style with a career-high 14 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks as he led a Houston defense that held Navy to its lowest point total (14), total yards (291) and rushing output (217) of the season in the 24-14 win.