Olive stays home

Murray High (Ky.) had a 12-1 record this season, falling in the third round of the playoffs. But behind a powerful running game, Murray High looked to be one of the best candidates for a state title. One reason was offensive lineman Robert Olive.

Murray High (Ky.) had a 12-1 record this season, falling in the third round of the playoffs. But behind a powerful running game, Murray High looked to be one of the best candidates for a state title. One reason was offensive lineman Robert Olive.

Offensive guard Robert Olive helped Murray rush for 3118 yards this season in 13 games. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior began to hear from several programs early in the year, but finally decided to commit to Murray State University.

"Murray State was the only (scholarship) offer I got," said Olive. "Kentucky offensive line coach wanted me to be a preferred walk-on and came to the high school to talk to me. Several division three schools were waiting to see what happened with these bigger schools," he said.

In the end, things worked out the way Olive wanted. He's able to stay close to home and near his loved ones.

"I'm glad that most of my family and friends will be able to see me play. I will have my family here when I need them," he continued.

Olive had a solid final high school season. But it wasn't just on the field where he was a standout.

"I feel this was my best season so far. I made All-State First Team offense, All-Region First Team offense and All-Conference First Team offense and defense," he said. "I was first team Academic All-State and we were district champions. I'm so glad I was able to accomplish so much and I feel really blessed," he finished.

Olive's efforts were rewarded with the scholarship offer from Murray State and he's excited about the opportunity that has been granted to him.

"(I like) the new team attitude and work ethic that Coach Hatcher brought. That has convinced me that this is the place to go and I want to become part of Murray State," he said.

Like most players in the off-season, Olive is working to get better before officially stepping on campus for the Racers.

"This off-season I want to improve on everything I possibly can," he said. "I especially want to be faster, stronger and increase my endurance so I will be able to compete on the next level," he continued.


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