Branden Oliver, known simply as "Bo", is a 5 foot 8 inch, 208 pound block of solid muscle who emerged as a player that San Diego had to have. He was initially brought on by the Chargers after going undrafted and then having a go with the Colts during the preseason.
Some media and fans were falling in love with Oliver during the preseason camp but he really became a part of the conversation after he lit up Dallas during his first NFL preseason game. Oliver came in mid way through the second quarter, when much of the second units for each team were still on the field. He rolled off runs of 14, 4, 2, and 16 yards in his first series, scoring a touchdown. The next series out Oliver ran the ball three times for 31 yards to finish his day.
All week the conversation was "Who will get cut. Branden Oliver or Marion Grice"... As it turns out the Chargers kept both players, as neither was likely to make it to the practice squad.
# Chargers kept both Marion Grice and Branden Oliver. The team kept six running backs if you count fullback/tight end David Johnson.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) August 30, 2014
It was in his sophomore year at Buffalo that Oliver erupted onto the national scene. By the time the year was over it was obvious that the Florida native was one of the best running backs in the Mid American Conference and all of Division I. Oliver rushed for 1,395 yards on 306 carries, breaking UB’s single-season rushing record, held by James Starks, on the final day of the season.
Oliver is a solid downhill runner who also has the ability to make one or two solid cuts before he really hits the gas. BO specializes in gaining yards after the initial contact. He is not by nature a shifty runner or a burner but he has demonstrated an ability to stop and start on a dime. During the off season he demonstrated solid blocking in the backfield and enough talent running the ball to make the roster.
In the preseason, San Diego also used his as a gunner on the punt coverage team and as kick returner.