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Former Bulldog Paul Oliver Passes
ATLANTA — Former Bulldog
cornerback Paul Oliver passed away in Atlanta on Tuesday at the age of 29.
A native of Kennesaw, Ga., and
graduate of Harrison High School, Oliver signed with Georgia and arrived in
Athens before the 2003 season. He
redshirted his first year before playing the 2004-06 seasons for the Bulldogs.
Oliver played in 38 games during
his Georgia career and started 15 of them, including all 13 in 2006. He finished with 94 tackles, three sacks,
five forced fumbles and seven interceptions in his career.
“It's heartbreaking for me
personally, for our staff, for the Bulldog Nation I'm sure, and obviously for
his family,” said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. “I was crushed this morning when I heard it, quite
frankly. I really haven't been able to
keep it off my mind to be honest with you.
got to find a way to reach out and help in any way we can. If there's some way that the Bulldog Nation
can rally around that family I hope everybody would be encouraged to do so.”
One of Oliver's highlights was
holding current Detroit Lion and former Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson to
just two catches for 13 yards in 2006.
Oliver snagged an interception in the game's final minute to help the
Bulldogs top the Yellow Jackets 15-12.
The San Diego Chargers used a
fourth round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft to take Oliver. He made his debut for the Chargers in 2008
and played in 57 games over the next four seasons. In 2010, Oliver started eight games at safety
and tallied 44 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Oliver started 12 games in his NFL
career (all with the Chargers) and finished with 144 tackles, one sack and four
Oliver leaves behind his wife, the
former Chelsea Young, and two children.
Funeral arrangements have not bee