Every year there are players who make the most of that opportunity. Such was the case with
“You want to talk about fun to watch, that guy is lightning in a bottle,”
Few outside San Diego may have known his name heading into the preseason opener, but by the end of the night they surely did. The unheralded 5-8, 208-pound running back out of Buffalo led all rushers with 64 yards on seven carries. Oliver averaged a gaudy 9.1 yards per carry, and punctuated his performance with a dynamic 16-yard touchdown run up the middle that showcased his speed and toughness.
“It felt great,” he said. “It was a play right up the gut and I hit it right up the gut. The fullback made his and everybody made their block, honestly. I have got to give all the glory to the guys that were blocking for me, honestly. I didn’t have to do much, except stay vertical. The cornerback came at the last second, so it was like two yards before I hit the end zone. I kept running my feet and I got in the end zone.”
“He was good,” Johnson said. “I know he’s a pretty good running back, and I knew that (he was counting on) my blocks. So I just made a good block for him…It felt good to be back out there and knock some of the rust off, and we did a good job running the ball. He did a great job.”
While everyone wants to talk about his quick feet and powerful finish, Oliver remains humble, noting he still has a long way to go.
“I just have to keep taking it one day at a time and just keep God first,” he said. “I know I am in the right place. I have to keep getting better each and every day. This is just only one game and you can’t get complacent. So it’s more to come and I’ve got a group of great veterans in the running back room that I’m going to keep learning from. And Coach Ollie Wilson. So it’s not the end of it.”