During the college football offseason, Mike London was able to bring Jerome Oliver onto his team as the defensive line coach. Oliver has 35 years of experience coming into the position, including positions at South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Navy. Most recently, Oliver was part of the team at the University of Buffalo, which brought the school to only the second bowl game in their history.
Oliver has a lot to offer UVa’s defensive unit. In addition to over three decades of experience, he has been part of several BCS conferences (Southeastern Conference, Big 10, and two Independents). As such, Oliver is familiar with several different offensive schemes and how to counter them; this will prove pertinent when Virginia has to face opponents such as UCLA, Brigham Young, and Kent State during the 2014-2015 season.
It’s likely that the defensive unit will be stronger in the upcoming years because both Jerome Oliver and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta have worked together prior to reuniting at Virginia; they worked together at Notre Dame in 2008. In addition, several players such as Eli Harold and David Dean will be returning to the starting lineup. To further fortify UVa’s front attack, Andrew Brown, a 5-star recruit out of Chesapeake, VA will be joining the Cavalier squad; to get him ready for the upcoming season, he will be eligible to attend spring practice with the team. The new defensive line coach has his work cut out for him – between two disappointing seasons in a row for the Cavaliers as well as a strong defensive unit for 2014, Oliver has the potential to make his mark in Charlottesville.