HOUSTON – The reigning Outland Trophy winner, Houston junior defensive tackle Ed Oliver was named Dave Campbell's Best Defensive Lineman in Texas as part of a Houston duo on Campbell's All-Texas First Team.
Oliver is joined on the first team by senior center Will Noble on the offensive side of the ball. It marks the second straight year for the two Houston players to earn a spot on Campbell’s preseason team.
Senior safety Garrett Davis joined the duo by earning a spot on Campbell’s second team.
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Will Noble | Sr. | C
Enters his final collegiate season after starting it as an FWAA Freshman All-American in 2015 … has started 32 of 33 career games played including all 12 games in 2017, missing one with an injury … leads all returning Houston players with 32 career starts … was part of a 2017 line that did not allow a sack in five games … named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list for the third straight year.
Ed Oliver | Jr. | DT
2017 Outland Trophy Winner as the first underclassmen to win the award … 2017 consensus All-American … has 39.5 tackles for loss in his first two years, second best in NCAA history among all players and best among all defensive tackles … leads all active players nationally with 1.56 tackles for loss per game … Houston’s leading returning tackler after totaling 73 stops in 2017 … has 139 tackles through two years … while playing the nose spot in a three-man front, totaled 73 tackles in 12 games, despite missing three quarters of one game and being limited in the next four with a knee injury ... recorded an average of 6.1 tackles per game which ranked third nationally among all defensive linemen ... his 73 total tackles ranked eighth nationally among all defensive linemen, second nationally among defensive tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss were second among defensive tackles while his average of 1.38 tackles for loss per game led all defensive linemen in The American ... led UH in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (7), forced fumbles (2) and blocked kicks (1) ... also had three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... recorded two double-digit tackle games, part of seven games with at least five tackles ... also tallied five games with multiple tackles for loss and now has 13 career games with the distinction.
Garrett Davis | Sr. | DB
Second among all returners in The American with four interceptions in 2017 … finished the year with 51 tackles including two for a loss and four pass breakups to go along with his four interceptions … team captain in 2017.