Oliver Named The American’s Defensive Player of the Week

Oliver shared the honor with Cincinnati linebacker Bryan Wright. In addition to Oliver’s honor, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King was named to the league’s weekly Honor Roll.

The reigning Outland Trophy winner and consensus All-American, Oliver totaled 13 tackles in Saturday’s 45-27 win at Rice, only one stop shy of his career high. The Houston native tied a career high in tackles for loss, racking up 3.5 to give him 43 for his career in only 26 games.

Oliver, The American’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, leads all active players nationally with a career average of 1.63 tackles for loss per game. He also added a game-high two quarterback hurries.

King threw for his second career 300-yard game, completing 17-of-24 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. The three passing touchdowns were part of four total touchdowns on the day for King as he added a 4-yard score, part of his 33 rushing yards on the day. The four total scores tied King’s career high.

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