ASU Cornerback R.J. Oliver Receives Extension Of Eligibility

Jan. 14, 2005


TEMPE. Ariz. - Arizona State University football student-athlete R.J. Oliver has been granted an extension of eligibility to his five-year clock, the NCAA announced Friday.  As per NCAA legislation, a student-athlete has five years from initial full-time enrollment to compete in four seasons of competition.  This request was submitted by ASU to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee. The NCAA notified ASU on Friday.


Oliver, from Escondido, Calif., sat out the 2004 season after injuring his foot at Camp Tontozona in the final team scrimmage.  Oliver, a three-year letterman, could be one of the Pacific-10 Conference's top cornerbacks in 2005.


'This is great news for our program and for R.J. personally because he had high expectations for his senior year that was taken away on the final day of Camp Tontozona,' says Sun Devil Head Coach Dirk Koetter.  'R.J. still faces a difficult rehabilitation process to get back to where he was before.'


Oliver has started 30 career games for ASU.  One of the fastest players on the squad, Oliver played in portions of nine games with only seven starts in 2003 and recorded 27 tackles and two interceptions.  He also had four pass breakups and forced a fumble.  Oliver tied the school record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in ASU's season-opening win versus Northern Arizona. 


Oliver had an excellent sophomore season in 2002 when he led the Pacific-10 Conference in passes defended with 22 (18 pass breakups and four interceptions).  He earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 recognition with his 48 tackles and 51 return yards on the interceptions.  In 2001 he was named to the Freshman All-Pac-10 team by The Sporting News.  He started nine games and was fifth on the team with 50 tackles.  He added two interceptions for 12 yards and had seven pass deflections. 


Oliver is a 2000 graduate of Escondido High School and is the son of Roye Oliver, an All-America and conference champion wrestler at ASU and a member of the Sun Devil Sports Hall of Fame and Toni Griffin, a former ASU track and field star (sprinter and jumper). 
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