Ed Oliver has put a good deal of his junior season, and who can blame him? (Tim Warner / Getty…
It has been a frustrating season for Houston Defensive tackle Ed Oliver. After being called a consensus all American as sophomore in 2017, he announced before this season even began to plan to resign for NFL after his junior campaign, just to be struck by a knee injury to the navy on October 20. He has not played since, and on Thursday night’s match against Tulane, ESPN cameras caught him in a side-argument argument with Cougars Coach Major Apple White over a fur of all things.
Even before half-time, Apple White told Oliver to remove a heavy team rock apparently reserved for active players. When the team went to the nursery, Oliver had words for his coach and must be hampered by Rod Grace, the team’s head of sports performance.
Oliver did not return for the second half and did not become available to reporters after the match, according to Houston Chronicle. Applewhite tried to try to record the event while
“He became emotional, but he is young and that’s what happens,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “And he does not play, it’s hard, it’s hard, I do not hold anything against anyone, I’ll just visit him about it.” I love him. “I want him to be part of our team.” I want him to be with our team. “
Apple White added that he had told other non-active players to take off the rocks. The AP says it was about 50 degrees during the match.
“I’m trying to be fair,” he said.
Oliver is expected to be a top 10 pick in next year’s draft, although he slipped down from No. 2 to No. 7 on Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board, which came out Wednesday. Given that he has already declared his intention to leave NFL, one must think that his knee injury weighs heavily on him. He led it to a blatant, unpunished chop of Navy’s offensive line during his game on October 20th.
It was far from the first time Oliver knee had been directed against opposing offensive linemen. Last season against the temple he suffered a delayed MCL on a low block.
Houston closes the regular season in Memphis on November 23 and plays in the AAC title game if it wins it and the SMU loses one of their last two games. Considering everything that happened this season, nobody should be surprised if Oliver continues to sit out, but Apple White says the door is open.
“We are always ready for him to come back,” he said. 19659014] More from the post:
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