Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver announced Monday night that he will forego his senior season in favor of a job opportunity. The redshirt junior will hang up his pads after a productive 2016 season on the gridiron.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment of being on this team and will cherish that for the rest of my life,” Oliver said in an issued statement. “Even though I’m going to miss football, I’m really excited to take on a new challenge. I talked with Coach (Tom) Herman and appreciate his support and understanding.”
Oliver caught 33 passes for 358 yards last season, ranking second on the Longhorns in receptions. He signed with Texas in February 2012 during the Mack Brown era and was redshirted for the 2013 season, his first year on campus. The communications major graduates this May, planning to use his degree in his future profession.
“I feel so fortunate to have already earned my degree from one of the best universities in the nation, The University of Texas,” Oliver said. “It’s helped me already have a job in hand, and I’m ready to start that next chapter. In the last four years I’ve grown so much, met so many people, and I’ve built friendships with that will last a lifetime.”