All-American defensive cope with Ed Oliver’s having fun with days at Houston are over. The junior tweeted Friday that he is skipping Houston’s bowl sport to begin preparing for the NFL draft.
Oliver’s decision comes each week after he instructed the Houston Chronicle that he alleged to play throughout the Cougars’ bowl sport, no matter aggravating a knee injury in the midst of the group’s widespread season finale in the direction of Memphis on Nov. 23.
Oliver, who missed four video video games in November because of a bruised correct knee suffered Oct. 20 vs. Navy, carried out throughout the first half of the Cougars’ 52-31 loss to Memphis, nevertheless didn’t play throughout the second half. Oliver had three tackles, one cope with for loss and a cross breakup in the direction of Memphis, nevertheless talked about he acquired his knee rolled throughout the first half. He would have been on the market for a particular third-down package deal deal for the Cougars throughout the second half.
Oliver launched in March that he would forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft. After being listed as a top-five draft prospect for lots of the 12 months, Oliver dropped to No. eight on ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper’s newest Giant Board.
In October, Oliver instructed ESPN that he felt he deserved to be the No. 1 select and was upset to see totally different avid gamers bigger than him on some draft boards.
“It really will get to me,” Oliver instructed ESPN. “There’s only one issue that mainly motivates me better than one thing about soccer, that’s being major. And that comes all the way in which wherein once more from highschool, is solely my coach telling me would you want me to cope with you need a every day man or would you want me to cope with you similar to the first man throughout the nation? And I instructed him cope with me similar to the first man throughout the nation. And coming out of highschool I was amount four (ranked nationally), nevertheless I felt like I must have been major. Now, I actually really feel like I must be major now. So that’s the one issue that mainly merely drives me, is you say any particular person is finest than me, I do know, in my coronary coronary heart, I don’t suppose anybody is finest than me. So that may really drive me until I persuade you that I’m the simplest, that’s really what drives me.”
Oliver is tentatively scheduled to start teaching for the NFL in Pensacola, Florida, primarily based on a provide.
Oliver’s Houston occupation concludes with significantly of a tumultuous ending. Whereas battling his knee injury, Oliver tried to play on Nov. three in the direction of SMU. The group launched he would play, nevertheless Oliver didn’t actually really feel comfortable on his knee whereas going by pregame warmups and decided to sit down down out.
In the midst of the Tulane sport on Nov. 15, Oliver and head coach Major Applewhite had a sideline dispute that was caught on digicam after Applewhite instructed an inactive Oliver to remove a jacket he was sporting that was reserved for full of life avid gamers. Oliver was seen angrily shouting at Applewhite on the way in which wherein to the locker room at halftime, and didn’t return to the sideline for the rest of the game.
Oliver talked about the next day that it was “not who I am” and that he was caught in an emotional second.
Oliver leaves Houston as the first participant at college historic previous to earn three First Crew All-Conference honors. In his three years with the Cougars, Oliver registered 193 entire tackles, along with 54 for loss and 13.5 sacks, in 33 occupation video video games. He moreover defended 14 passes, compelled six fumbles, recovered a fumbled and blocked a kick.