Redshirt freshman quarterback Tobias Oliver took advantage of the playing time he was given in 2018 and shined in doing so.
After redshirting his true freshman season on The Flats, Tobias Oliver entered 2018 as the projected third-string quarterback behind TaQuon Marshall and Lucas Johnson. However, once Johnson went down with a season-ending injury before the season even began, Oliver was slotted as the Jackets second-string quarterback.
Oliver, playing behind Marshall wasn’t expected to see a huge deal of playing time barring injury entering the season. However, the Warner Robins (GA) native ended up playing in all 12 games for the Yellow Jackets, mostly due to his dynamic abilities.
In those 12 games, the redshirt freshman totaled over 1,000 total yards of offense including close to 900 yards on the ground. Oliver picked up on the ground an average 5.8 yards per carry and had 12 rushing touchdowns over his 152 carries.
Through the air, Oliver wasn’t terrible but want spectacular either, completing 7 of his 16 passing attempts for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Oliver this season also got a taste of being a starter as TaQuon Marshall was a no-go in several games. One of those games was against Virginia Tech. In that game, the offense didn’t miss a beat with Oliver as he rushed for 215-yards and 3 touchdowns on 40 carries. He also rushed for 128-yards and 2 touchdowns the following week against North Carolina.
Overall, Oliver had a pretty strong redshirt sophomore season. Oliver showed the ability to command the offense at a high level as well as the ability to make smart decisions. The Tech coaching staff couldn’t have asked for much more out of Oliver in 2018.
Now with the coaching change, Oliver’s future is in question in terms of where he will suit up for the Jackets. Will it be at quarterback? With the Jackets aim to go towards a pro-style offense, Oliver’s inefficiencies as a passer call into his question his future at the position. Instead. Oliver may be better suited to line up as a slot receiver where the Jackets can use his speed and other playmaking abilities. Only time will tell where Oliver plays post-2018 but no matter what Oliver will provide the Yellow Jackets with big playmaking opportunities.