Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver is skipping his senior season to pursue a job opportunity.
In somewhat surprising move, Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver is forgoing his final season of eligibility to pursue a career. Oliver already holds his degree from UT.
Here's the statement Oliver provided to ESPN, who first reported the news:
“After giving it a lot of thought with my family, I’ve decided to forego my remaining eligibility and begin my future career path. 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.”
A former four-star wide receiver in the 2013 class, Oliver solely contributed on special teams before this season. However, he broke out in 2016, pulling in 33 receptions for 358 yards.
Texas will open its 2017 season at home against Maryland on Sept. 2.