HOUSTON – Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver was named to the preseason watch lists for both the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday.
The Maxwell Award is presented annually to America’s College Player of the Year, while the Bednarik is awarded each season to the College Defensive Player of the Year.
It marks the second straight year the Houston native has appeared on both awards’ preseason watch lists. The reigning Outland Trophy winner and 2017 American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Oliver is one of only three defensive players to earn a spot on the Maxwell Award watch list, joining Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.
Ed Oliver | Jr. | DT
2017 Outland Trophy Winner as the first underclassmen to win the award … 2017 consensus All-American … has 39.5 tackles for loss in his first two years, second best in NCAA history among all players and best among all defensive tackles … leads all active players nationally with 1.56 tackles for loss per game … Houston’s leading returning tackler after totaling 73 stops in 2017 … has 139 tackles through two years … while playing the nose spot in a three-man front, totaled 73 tackles in 12 games, despite missing three quarters of one game and being limited in the next four with a knee injury ... recorded an average of 6.1 tackles per game which ranked third nationally among all defensive linemen ... his 73 total tackles ranked eighth nationally among all defensive linemen, second nationally among defensive tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss were second among defensive tackles while his average of 1.38 tackles for loss per game led all defensive linemen in The American ... led UH in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (7), forced fumbles (2) and blocked kicks (1) ... also had three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... recorded two double-digit tackle games, part of seven games with at least five tackles ... also tallied five games with multiple tackles for loss and now has 13 career games with the distinction.
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