10 Days Until the College Football Season Kicks Off
Staying on the defensive side of the ball.
Yesterday for day 11 we took a look at a legendary linebacker from State College, LBU. Now today for day 10, we’ll be looking at an interior defensive linemen that played in south east Texas and now plays for the Bills.
Ed Oliver was born in Houston, Texas and attended Westfield High School in Houston. He was recruited heavily by Oklahoma, Alabama, and Notre Dame but decided to stay home and play for the Houston Cougars.
As a true freshman, Oliver was an immediate force on the Cougars defensive line. He tallied sixty five tackles, twenty two for loss, and five sacks. Oliver was named to the AAC All Freshman Team, First Team All AAC, All American, and won the Bill Willis Trophy.
In 2017 as a sophomore, Oliver continued to ball out. He racked up seventy three tackles with sixteen and a half for loss, along with five and a half sacks.
For Olivers efforts in 2017, he was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, earned his second All AAC First Team honors, won the Outland Trophy, and was again named an All American.
In Olivers junior year, he played in eight games, unlike in his first two when he played in twelve. His productivity didn’t take a hit though. He recorded fifty four tackles, three sacks, and fourteen and a half tackles for loss.
His efforts led to another decorated season for the interior pass rusher as he was named to his third All AAC Team and All American Team.
Oliver decided to forgo his senior season in H-Town and went to the draft. He was taken ninth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Tomorrow as we break into the single digits, we’ll be highlighting a big time quarterback, a MAJOR playmaker from West Virginia.