ATLANTA – Houston sophomore defensive tackle claimed one of the top honors in college football Thursday night as he was named the winner of the 2017 Outland Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
In addition to winning the Outland Trophy, Oliver was also named a Walter Camp First Team All-American, Houston’s first such honor since Andre Ware earned the honor in 1989.
Also The American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Oliver is Houston’s third major award winner following in the footsteps of Ware, the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner, and 1976 Lombardi Trophy winner Wilson Whitley.
Ed Oliver | DT | So. | Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)
- The American’s Defensive Player of the Year, 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.
- 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.
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