University of Houston's Ed Oliver named Athlon Preseason All-American

June 19, 2018 - 4:04 pm

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Last year's Outland Trophy winner, 2017 consensus All-American defensive tackle, and Houston native, Ed Oliver, has been named to Athlon's Preseason All-American First Team for the second year in a row.

During the University of Houston's first spring practice, Oliver announced his intent to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. 

"This was a dream of mine coming in," Oliver said in a statement released by the school. "I knew I was going on a business trip, and whether my business trip was three years or four years it just depended on how early I got on the field and how effective I was."

Ed Oliver | Jr. | DT
2017 Outland Trophy Winner … 2017 consensus All-American … has 39.5 tackles for loss through his sophomore year, the second-best total in NCAA history among all players through their sophomore year 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.