HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 1, 2107) Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver has been named to The Sporting News Preseason All-America First Team, the publication announced Friday.
The preseason honor is Oliver’s second after being named to Athlon’s Preseason All-America First Team on June 20.
A First Team All-American on seven teams as a true freshman last year, Oliver leads all returning defensive linemen nationally with 23 tackles for loss. He finished second nationally among all positions in tackle for loss last season while leading all defensive linemen nationally with nine pass breakups. The number also led all non-defensive backs in The American and was sixth in the league regardless of position.
The American’s Rookie of the Year, Oliver was also named Scout’s Freshman of the Year and the winner of the 2016 Bill Willis Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive lineman by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.
Playing out of the tackle spot on a three-man line, he was second nationally among all defensive linemen with 47 solo tackles and 13th among all defensive linemen nationally with 66 total tackles.
Oliver’s 66 tackles were second among all freshmen in The American, regardless of position, and led all freshmen defensive linemen nationally. His five sacks led all freshmen in The American. Oliver also led Houston and finished second in The American with three forced fumbles, a number that ranked second nationally among freshmen.