Humble, stubborn and relentless, Ed Oliver patiently waits for his NFL opportunity

Ed Oliver Jr. can tell you about being full of crap. The Houston junior, arguably the nation's best defensive lineman, was raised around it.

HOUSTON -- Ed Oliver Jr. can tell you about being full of crap.

The Houston junior, arguably the nation's best defensive lineman, was raised around it. That's what happens when you break horses before they break you. That's what happens when you build an 18-stall horse barn from scratch one summer to help a neighbor. That's what you do when football is merely the latest manifestation of a higher expectation.

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Get in orbit around Ed Oliver Jr. and you begin to realize that expectation goes beyond becoming a sophomore All-American or being the youngest Outland Trophy winner in history … or having become a definite Heisman Trophy contender in 2018 as a difference-making defensive tackle.

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