It’s strange that in the middle of February, two national writers publish an Ed Oliver story within a few days of each other. In all likelihood, it means we have started a whisper campaign to start hyping Ed for Heisman.
It’s a very long shot that he wins. Hell, it’s a long shot that a defensive player gets to New York. Since Charles Woodson’s 1997 Heisman, only 3 defensive players have finished in the top 5 of Heisman balloting. Only 5 have done so since 1986. Currently, offshore sports book Bovada has Ed a 66/1 underdog:
But none of that stopped CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd or Sam Khan for writing about it. Dodd’s article focuses on Ed as a human – his confident yet humble demeanor, his maturity, family life, and what it was like growing up with a no nonsense dad. An excellent read. The best line from the article:
In Sam Khan’s piece, Ed is quoted saying he’d love to be in the Heisman conversation “for the city and for the guys I play with and the guys that helped me get there.”
Both articles prominently mention Ed’s Heisman candidacy which makes me believe that UH communications has started pitching the idea. I like it! We need to be out-front and getting the pub before the season since our schedule won’t do Ed any favors. Good job, Communications.
As you can tell from the cover photo, I’ve started my own Ed4H campaign. It’s not quite sophisticated but I think it coveys a certain elegance. And it sends the right message. If Ed Oliver dominates this year, he should be in consideration for a Heisman to go along with his 2nd Outland Trophy.