HOUSTON – Following the first spring practice of the 2018 season, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft at the conclusion of his junior season.
Oliver is coming off a sophomore season that saw the Houston native become the first underclassmen to win the Outland Trophy in the award’s history dating back to 1946.
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“This was a dream of mine coming in," Oliver said. "I knew I was going on a business trip, and whether my business trip was three years or four years it just depended on how early I got on the field and how effective I was."
A consensus All-American and 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.
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.