All-American defensive tackle Ed Oliver’s playing days in Houston are over. Juniern tweeted on Friday that he skipped Houston’s cheers game to start preparing for the NFL draft.
Oliver’s decision comes a week after he told the Houston Chronicle that he thought to play in Cougars’ bowling game, although he worsened a knee injury during the team’s regular season final against Memphis on November 23rd. [1
9659005] Oliver, who missed four matches in November because of a knocked right knee hit October 20 against Navy, played in the first half of Cougars 52-31 loss to Memphis, but did not play in the second half. Oliver had three tackles, one tack for loss and a pass resolution against Memphis, but said he had his knee rolled in the first half. He would have been available for a specific third-party package for the Cougars in the second half.
Oliver announced in March that he would abandon his peak season and enter the 2019 NFL draft. After being listed as the 5 biggest draft for most of the year, Oliver released No. 8 on ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper’s latest major board.
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“It’s really for me,” Oliver told ESPN. “There’s only one thing that really motivates me more than anything about football, it’s number one. And it’s coming all the way back from high school, just my coach says to me you want me to treat you like a regular guy or do it Do you want me to treat you like number one guy in the nation? And I said he treated me like the foremost guy in the nation. And when I came from high school I was number four (ranked nationally), but I felt like I should have been number 1. Now I feel I should be number one now. So that’s the only thing that really drives me, you say someone is better than me, I know, in my heart, I do not think anyone is better than me. So it will really drive me until I convince you that I’m the best, that’s really what drives me. “
Oliver is preliminarily scheduled to start training for NFL in Pensacola, Florida, according to a source.
Oliver’s Houston career ends with something of a tumultuous end. While fighting for his knee injury, Oliver tried to play on November 3 against the SMU. The team announced that he would play, but Oliver did not feel comfortable on his knee as he went through the pregame warmups and decided to sit out.
During the Tulane game on November 15th, Oliver and Chief Major Apple White had a dispute resolution. It was captured on camera after Apple White told an inactive Oliver to remove a jacket he wore reserved for active players. Oliver looked scary at Apple White on the way to the dressing room in half-time and did not return to the sidelines for the rest of the game.
Oliver said the next day that it was “not who I am” and that he was caught in an emotional moment.
Oliver leaves Houston as the first player in school history to win three first Team All-Conference awards. In his three years with the pumps, Oliver recorded 193 total tackles, including 54 for loss and 13.5 sacks, in 33 career games. He also defended 14 passes, forced six fumbles, restored a fumbled and blocked a kick.