Ed Oliver Named American Defensive Player of the Year

Nov. 29, 2017

HOUSTON -- Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver has been named The American’s Defensive Player of the Year to lead five Houston All-Conference selections, the league announced Wednesday.

Voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches, Oliver and linebacker D’Juan Hines received first team honors while defensive back Khalil Williams received second team honors. Receiver Steven Dunbar and safety Terrell Williams earned honorable mention honors.

For Oliver, Wednesday’s first team honor marks his second consecutive season to receive the honor. He is also the third student-athlete in program history to earn a conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honors as Phillip Hunt (2008) and Wayne Rogers (2000) both earned the honor from Conference USA.

Ed Oliver | DT | So. | The American Defensive Player of the Year | First Team All-Conference

  • A Nagurski and Outland Trophy finalist, Oliver leads the nation with a career average of 1.54 tackles for loss per game, totaling 37.5 tackles for loss in only 24 games played.
  • Playing the nose spot in a three-man front, Oliver has totaled 69 tackles in 11 games this season, despite missing three quarters of one game and being limited in the next four with a knee injury.
  • His average of 6.3 tackles per game this season ranks fourth nationally among all defensive linemen. Oliver’s 69 total tackles rank second nationally among defensive tackles.
  • Oliver’s 14.5 tackles are fourth among defensive tackles while his average of 1.32 tackles for loss per game this season leads all defensive linemen in The American.
  • The Houston native led UH in tackles for loss (14.5), 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 four games this season with multiple tackles for loss and now has 12 career games with the distinction.

D’Juan Hines | LB | Sr. | First Team All-Conference

  • Led Houston, and is fourth in The American, with 104 tackles on the year.
  • The Houston native also recorded 6.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.
  • Helped lead a Houston defense that ranks third in scoring defense in the league with an average of 23 points per game allowed, just a half point off the lead of 22.5 shared by UCF and USF.

Khalil Williams | DB | Sr. | Second Team All-Conference

  • Led all defensive backs in The American with eight tackles for loss, part of his 50 tackles on the year in 10 games played.
  • Totaled two sacks for a loss of 16 yards while breaking up six passes, a number that ranks second on the Houston squad.

Steven Dunbar | WR | Sr. | Honorable Mention All-Conference

  • Led Houston in receiving yards, finishing the year with 873 yards and three touchdowns on 66 receptions, good for fourth in The American.
  • Also ranked fourth in The American with two receiving plays accounting for at least 60 yards.

Terrell Williams | DB | Sr. | Honorable Mention All-Conference

  • Finished the regular season fourth on the Houston team with 57 tackles while picking off four passes, a number that ranks second in The American.
  • Defended a team-best 10 passes, breaking up six to go along with his four interceptions.



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