Longhorn receiver Jake Oliver has decided to forego his final year of eligibility in the Longhorns uniform in favor of entering the rat race with the rest of us.
“After giving it a lot of thought with my family, I’ve decided to forego my remaining eligibility and begin my future career path.” Oliver said in a statement. “I feel so fortunate to have already earned my degree from one of the best universities in the nation, The University of Texas. It’s helped me already have a job in hand, and I’m ready to start that next chapter. In the last four years I’ve grown so much, met so many people, and I’ve built friendships with that will last a lifetime. I want to thank all of my teammates, coaches and the staff members who have had such a big influence on me both on and off the field. I’ve enjoyed every moment of being on this team and will cherish that for the rest of my life. Even though I’m going to miss football, I’m really excited to take on a new challenge. I talked with Coach Herman and appreciate his support and understanding. I wish the best for the new staff and all of my teammates. I know firsthand how good this team can be, and I’m looking forward to cheering them on to a lot of wins. I’ll always bleed burnt orange.”
After redshirting his freshman year and a couple of relatively quiet seasons after that, Oliver had a coming out party last season. He dropped 20 pounds and was moved to the insider receiver position, and the payoff was huge. Only Armanti Foreman hauled in more passes as Oliver finished with 33 receptions for 358 yards.
Oliver has already graduated and already has a job lined up, so congrats to him for being sensible and making what had to be a tough decision to hang up the cleats in favor of the “safe” choice. It cannot be easy to walk away from lavish amenities, free food, the fame, and one last chance to get what has alluded him thus far, a touchdown. Oliver didn’t indicate what it was, but that had to be some job offer.
For first-year head coach Tom Herman, the loss of Oliver has to sting a little as he brought experience and leadership to the team. Thankfully, the Longhorns have some depth at the receiver position and newly signed recruits 4-star WR Damion Miller and 3-star WR Jordan Pouncey will also look to contend for some playing time.
We wish Oliver the best of luck in his next stage of life.