HOUSTON -- Houston sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver became Houston’s eighth consensus All-American and its first since Andre Ware accomplished the feat in 1989, as the NCAA released its 2017 consensus All-America list Thursday.
The winner of the Outland Trophy, Oliver earned All-America First Team honors from three of the five outlets the NCAA recognizes for consensus designation, the FWAA, The Walter Camp Foundation and The AFCA. The Houston native earned Second Team honors from the AP and The Sporting News.
The American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Oliver was one of only two underclassmen on the consensus list, joining Northern Illinois defensive end Sutton Smith.
Oliver joins Ware along with WR Jason Phillips (1988), DT Leonard Mitchell (1980), DT Wilson Whitley (1976), WR Elmo Wright (1970), OG Bill Bridges (1969) and OG Rich Stotter (1967) in earning the honor.
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Ed Oliver | DT | So. | 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 1.54 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.