Ed Oliver

Houston Cougars’ outstanding sophomore defensive tackle from Westfield High School and 2017 Outland Trophy winner. First sophomore to win the Outland in its 46-year existence. Nagurski Trophy finalist and Bednarik Award semifinalist. Consensus All-American and American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year. Played nose spot in a three-man front and had 73 tackles in 12 games, despite missing three quarters of one game and being limited in the next four with a knee injury. Was third in the nation among defensive linemen with 6.1 tackles per game. Led the nation with a career average of 1.56 tackles for loss per game, totaling 39.5 tackles for loss in only 25 games played.