Blum said it was Oliver’s desire to be the best that stuck with him.
“I had a really rich pedigree of defensive linemen, guys that went on to play Division I football, and everyone that had come in always wanted to be the next guy. They wanted to be the guy that was the next D-I star,” Blum said. “Ed told me as a freshman that he didn’t want to be the next one — he wanted to be the one that everyone remembered. The one that was better than all of them.
“That gave me an idea of what he was wanting as a goal.”