Georgia Tech quarterback Tobias Oliver (8) returns a punt during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Atlanta. (Special-John Amis)
Photo: John Amis
Photo: John Amis

Changes for Tobias Oliver in new ‘Above the Line’ chart

The transition of Georgia Tech’s Tobias Oliver became further ensconced with the release of this week’s “Above the Line” chart on Thursday. Oliver, who started the first and fourth games of the season at quarterback but was moved to wide receiver for last week’s game against North Carolina, was on the chart at wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday game at Duke.

Oliver further appears for the first time as a return specialist, although he has already returned six kickoffs this season. Oliver has proved his worth there, averaging 27.7 yards per return with a long of 52. His average ranks 14th nationally in FBS.

Oliver also made his first catch last week against the Tar Heels, a nine-yard reception from quarterback James Graham.

Coach Geoff Collins said Tuesday that Oliver’s role will “absolutely” expand going forward.

“You’ll see him doing different things for us,” Collins said. “Don’t want to give too much away, but we’re being creative just like we always are and being innovative, and when you have someone like that with his skillset, (we’re) trying to make sure we showcase that for himself and for the betterment of the team, too.”

The changes with Oliver were the only ones made to the Above the Line chart from last week’s chart for the North Carolina game.

On Tobias Oliver’s switch to wide receiver

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