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Ed Oliver | Defensive Tackle

Team: Houston Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 292

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ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that Houston junior DT Ed Oliver will skip the team's bowl game in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
While Oliver (kind of) indicated earlier this month that he wanted to play in the bowl, we are none too surprised on this one. The star defensive tackle ended the season under somewhat shaky circumstances, not only due to a knee injury which kept him out of action in four games earlier this year but also due to a weird situation in which he and HC Major Applewhite got into it over a coat during a mid-November game against Tulane. While there is a lot going on around this bowl decision, it is hard to argue with the base logic -- Oliver has battled injury for long enough that he would be well-served to try to get his knee healed up in advance of combine and predraft workouts. Nov 30 - 1:49 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Houston junior DT Ed Oliver (knee) said following Friday's loss to Memphis that he plans on playing in the team's bowl game.

Oliver did not play during the second half of the loss to Memphis after re-aggravating a knee injury that kept him out for four games. "As far as I know right now, yeah. I want to play every game," Oliver said when asked about playing in Houston's bowl game. Without the junior defensive tackle Houston struggled mightily against the run. Oliver is considered to be one of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Nov 23 - 4:50 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver was ruled out in the second half of Friday's game at Memphis because his knee began to bother him.

Oliver (6'3/292) missed four games before appearing in the regular season finale on Friday, but he only lasted one half. While speaking on a local radio station, HC Major Applewhite said the junior defensive tackle "suffered a setback" and his timetable for a return is two to three weeks. That's somewhat concerning depending on the severity of the setback, but it does give Oliver a chance to play in Houston's bowl game if it's late in the bowl season. Oliver, of course, could choose to sit out Houston's bowl game, even if he's cleared ahead of time to get ahead of the NFL Draft process.
Nov 23 - 4:14 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver (undisclosed) has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game at Memphis.

There were some questions heading into Friday's critical AAC West matchup regarding Oliver's status, as he missed Houston's four games prior due to a knee injury. The junior defensive tackle, one of the top draft-eligible prospects in college football, started the game but did not see any action in the third quarter prior to his being ruled out for an unspecified reason. Oliver is still in uniform and has his helmet on the sideline.
Nov 23 - 2:45 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Memphis.

No surprise after the reports earlier this week and Oliver (6'3/292) participation in warmups. The 2017 Outland Trophy winner could -- and probably should -- have a big game against Memphis in what could be his final appearance in a Houston Cougars uniform.
Nov 23 - 12:10 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver is warming up ahead of Friday's game against Memphis.

This appears to confirm the report on Monday that Oliver would play against the Tigers. He's missed the previous four games with the knee injury, and there's a very good chance that this is the last time we see him in a Houston uniform.
Nov 23 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff and Sam Khan Jr. report that Ed Oliver is likely to play on Friday against Memphis.

The report comes from a source close to Oliver to Aschoff and Khan Jr. Oliver has missed the last four games since suffering a knee injury against Navy, and the defensive tackle was in the news after he and Major Applewhite got in a skirmish over jackets. Yep. Jackets. The 2017 Outland Trophy winner will be a big return for the Cougars in what looks to be one of the final appearances for the future first-round pick in a Houston uniform.
Source: ESPN
Nov 19 - 9:31 PM

Houston HC Major Applewhite said after Thursday's win over Tulane that he has not spoken with junior DT Ed Oliver since the two had a heated halftime exchange regarding a coat.

"I heard he had left [after halftime]. I want him back. I want him part of our football team. If he wants to play, I want him to play," Applewhite said postgame. The whole bizarre situation came about after the coach took a coat off of Oliver's shoulders just before halftime. The team has a rule that only active players can wear this particular coat, and Oliver was not suited up due to a knee injury which has now cost him four consecutive games. Houston director of sports performance Rod Grace had to hold Oliver back after the coat was taken from him. We will have to wait and see if player and coach can put this one behind them collectively. If Ed Oliver ends up bouncing on Houston for the rest of the season (he has already declared for the draft), this would certainly be an odd way to go out.
Nov 16 - 1:10 AM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver got into a heated argument over a jacket with HC Major Applewhite at halftime of Thursday's game against Tulane.

Oliver is not playing in Thursday's contest -- he has sat out four consecutive games due to a knee injury -- but got himself into the spotlight regardless. According to ESPN's Laura Rutledge, the star junior defensive tackle became heated after Applewhite removed an active-players-only jacket from his shoulders. Houston director of sports performance Rod Grace held back a verbose Oliver, who continued to bark at Applewhite on the way into the locker room. We don't expect any tangible fallout from this incident, but it was not a particularly classy look. Oliver declared for the 2019 draft multiple months ago and will not be returning to Houston after the close of the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 15 - 11:10 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver (knee) was ruled out for Saturday's game against Tulane.

This will be the fourth consecutive game that Oliver has missed since suffering the right knee injury against Navy. Oliver (6'3/292) announced in the spring that he would declare for the 2019 NFL draft after the season. It's theoretically possible that we've already seen his last collegiate snap, but that remains an open question. Houston closes out the regular season against Memphis next week.
Nov 14 - 1:38 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against Temple.

Oliver, who hasn't played in a game since injuring his knee in Houston's October 20 win over Navy, is considered to be one of the top draft-eligible prospects in college football. With the junior officially ruled out, Houston turns to junior DT Aymiel Fleming at defensive tackle in its matchup with the Owls.
Nov 10 - 7:11 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver (knee) will not play in Saturday's game at SMU.

It was reported that Oliver (6'3/292) would be able to return to the lineup after missing Houston's October 27 win over USF, but the junior standout did not feel comfortable with his injured right knee during pregame warmups. With the change to Oliver's status, junior Aymiel Fleming is likely to get the starting nod.
Nov 3 - 7:11 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver (knee) will play in Saturday's game against SMU.

Happy news for the Cougars. Oliver (6'3/292) was unable to play against USF last time out, due to a bruised knee. The injury was initially sustained versus Navy back on Oct. 20. The future NFL-er has posted 51 tackles (13.5 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble in seven games this season.
Nov 3 - 6:49 PM

Houston HC Major Applewhite told reporters that he expects an update on junior DT Ed Oliver (knee) in the next day or so.

Oliver was ruled out of Saturday's win against USF before the game, but apparently came close to playing, and has a good shot to go for the Cougars on Saturday. For now he's day-to-day, but we should have a further update on the future first-round pick soon.
Oct 31 - 3:21 PM

Pro Football Focus's second mock draft projects the Indianapolis Colts to take Houston DT Ed Oliver with the seventh pick.

This would be an interesting selection, as the Colts upgraded their offensive line in the first-round last year, and now could use help in the interior. Oliver (6'3/292) has been a stalwart for the Cougars in his three years with the school, but as PFF notes, there are concerns about his ability as a pass-rusher, and some have questioned whether his size will hold up at the next level. Still, the upside here -- if it were to happen this way -- would be tough to pass up for the Colts.
Oct 29 - 6:53 PM