A&M’s pass defense was atrocious in 2017. Let’s get that out of the way early. There wasn’t much to be proud of when it came to the back end of the Aggie defense in 2017, but that requires some context. Most of the guys going at corner were young. Injuries depleted the secondary and true freshman and sophomores were forced to step up.
Oliver was hardly the problem, and he proved to be one of the best cover guys in the conference.
Oliver was not recognized by the media nor Athlon Sports despite the above graphic that indicates he is the best cover corner returning from last season. Sometimes you have to dig deep to understand how good a player is and look past the overall defensive statistics.
He has solidified one of Mike Elko’s cornerback spots and it is a rotation of four to five players vying for that second starting spot. There is a ton of talent at wide receiver in the SEC. Oliver will be tasked with locking up the opponent’s No. 1 guy, and if last year is any indication, will do a damn fine job of it.