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Unsung Chargers: Branden Oliver


Dec 21, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Buffalo Bulls running back Branden Oliver (32) during the second half of the Idaho Potato Bowl against the San Diego State Aztecs at Bronco Stadium. San Diego defeated Buffalo 49-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Branden Oliver was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Buffalo in May. He was a 2-time first team All-MAC selection. The 5’8″, 208 pound running back put up some good numbers for the Buffalo Bulls. In 2013, he ran for 1,535 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had 4,049 rushing yards in the 4 years he was at school. In his college career, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Speed runs in his family as he is the cousin of former receiver/returner Roscoe Parrish. He faced good talent throughout his college career. He torched Georgia for 111 yards and a touchdown in 2012 and he also had a good showing against Ohio State to kick off the 2013 season. He had a great showing in his first game as a pro last week against the Cowboys in the preseason opener. He ran the ball 7 times for 64 yards and a touchdown. He had the best game of any running back that played in that game.

Oliver has his work cut out for him to make the 53-man roster. He has to contend with Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead. He also has to compete with fellow rookie Marion Grice. He will continue to get touches this preseason and will be given a chance to really prove himself these next few weeks.