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TEXAS WR OLIVER TO SKIP FINAL YEAR

Texas WR Jake Oliver, who was second in receptions for the Longhorns in 2016, announced Monday he will forego his final year of eligibility to begin his post-football career after having already graduated.

Oliver was second in receptions in 2016 (33) and fifth in receiving yards (358) in 2016.

Oliver, a Dallas Jesuit product, arrived at Texas in 2013 after setting the Texas state high school career receptions record and ranks second in the nation with 308 to go along with 4,567 receiving yards and 56 career TDs.

Oliver redshirted as a freshman and did not see any action in 2014. He saw limited action on special teams in 2015 before having somewhat of a breakout season in 2016 - his fourth year in the program.

“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. "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.”

 

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