SAN JOSE — Former Paso Robles High School tight end Josh Oliver was named one of the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award for football. Oliver graduated from Paso Robles High School in 2015 and has continued his football career and education at San Jose State University.
Oliver played tight end and defensive end for the Bearcats under Head Coach Rich Schimke and was voted an all-state honoree by CalHiSports and Maxpreps.
This isn’t Oliver’s first prestigious academic award — last season he was also named to the Mountain West All-Academic team. These achievements are no small task — college athletes often have full schedules and have to make time for team workouts, meetings with positional coaches, film sessions, and three or four classes each day. Academic achievement and athletic success in each of their first two years is a title that few claim, and to which all should aspire.
“I’m not sure if I have a 3.3 right now or a 3.4,” Oliver said. “I’m currently undeclared, but starting next year I will be working toward a business degree.”
Oliver’s continued success in the classroom has also spilled over onto the playing field. Last year Oliver appeared in every game the Spartans played, with his role increasing in each one. Oliver started the final three games of the season for the Spartans and hopes to be the starter this fall.
In the Spartan’s spring game, last Saturday, Oliver hauled in three catches for 33 yards, a good sign for the Bearcat alum.
“Last year I was mostly used as an in-line tight end and blocker,” Oliver explained. “This year we are going to air it out a little more and I think that I should spend more of my time in the slot catching passes.”
SJSU plays some really big games this year. They open up the season against the University of South Florida. USF finished last season ranked as the twenty-fifth team in the nation, and come into this season ranked nineteenth per the Preseason AP Poll. The Spartans will also travel to Austin Texas this season to take on the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns hired the most sought after coach in college last season — Tom Herman — and have a decorated history of dominance.
Oliver said it was his dad that has helped push him to strive for a higher GPA.
“I want to thank my dad, Rene Oliver and give him some props for always pushing me to strive in academics throughout the year. That has really helped me get to where I am at now in college.”