NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver has been named the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week.
Oliver, 6-3, 290, had 13 tackles, 3 ½ for losses and a pair of quarterback hurries in a 45-27 win over Rice.
A 2017 All-American, Oliver won the Outland Trophy last year as the top lineman in the country. He now has 43 tackles for losses in just 26 career games.
Houston will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Oliver’s performance.
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation sponsors the Lott IMPACT Trophy and has donated more than $1.4 million to universities and charities throughout the country.
Other nominees for the Lott IMPACT Trophy in Week One:
Other nominees this week:
Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky: Had 10 tackles, three for losses, a sack and one quarterback hurry in win over Central Michigan, 35-20.
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: Recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown, had two sacks in win over Oregon State, 77-31.
Troy Dye, LB, Oregon: Had an interception, broke up a pass and had eight tackles in win over Bowling Green, 58-24.
Pat Jasinski, LB, Central Florida: Led team with 11 tackles (10 solo), forced one fumble and broke up one pass in 56-17 win over Connecticut.
Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford: Recorded a sack for Stanford’s first score of the game, had two tackles for loss, a sack, three total tackles and broke up a pass in win over San Diego State, 31-10.
Cameron Smith, LB, USC: Had 7 tackles, two tackles for losses, a sack and broke up two passes in win over Nevada Las Vegas, 43-21.
Previous Winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy
2004 – David Pollack, Georgia
2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
2006 – Dante Hughes, Cal
2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2009 – Jerry Hughes, TCU
2010 – J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
2011 – Luke Kuechly, Boston College
2012 – Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
2013 – Anthony Barr, UCLA
2014 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
2015 – Carl Nassib, Penn State
2016 – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
2017 – Josey Jewell, Iowa