It was never going to be an easy goodbye.

The struggle goes both ways, but each side knows it’s what’s best.

We just weren’t ever ready for the end.

Ed Oliver has blessed Houston with the three best seasons that a defensive player will play ever for the program, but the end is finally here. The Cougars star has announced he won’t play in the bowl game to focus on the NFL Draft.

From the minute he stepped on campus, Ed Oliver was going to be a star. It was just a matter of how big he would get. A relentless motor and need to represent his city forced his spotlight to grow every play. You simply don’t see a motor and loyalty like Oliver displays everyday. Especially at defensive tackle.

In just 32 games, Oliver produced 192 tackles, 53 for loss, 13.5 sacks, 11 passes defended, and five forced fumbles.