2011 GAME started at left tackle in season-opener at USC (9/3) ... helped produce offensive output of five yards per play vs. Trojans ... started at left tackle against New Mexico State (9/10) and helped lead way to season-high 419 yards of total offense ... helped pave way for Gophers' 236 yards rushing in win over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) ... started at left tackle against North Dakota State (9/24) ...started at left tackle at Michigan (10/1) ... started at left tackle at Purdue (10/8) ... made 15th career start at left tackle vs. Nebraska (10/22) ... started at left tackle vs. Iowa (10/29) ... started at left tackle at Michigan State (11/5) ... part of protection unit that allowed Gophers to pass for season-high 295 yards vs. Spartans ... started his 18th career game at left tackle vs. Wisconsin (11/12) ... saw action as a reserve against Northwestern (11/19) ... part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats ... saw action at left tackle against Illinois (11/26).
Olson anchors the left tackle position for the Gophers, playing alongside his brother, sophomore left guard Tommy Olson, who might end up being the better lineman of the two. Olson's father played offensive line and was a team captain for the Gophers in the ?80s so there really wasn't any question as to what school the younger Olson would attend. After redshirting in 2009, he earned the starting job at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and has started a combined 18 games the past two seasons, missing a handful of contests due to injury.
08/14/2013 - OTHER MINNESOTA PROSPECTS TO WATCH: OT Ed Olson (6-6, 310, 5.37)...A 24-game starter at left tackle, Olson was limited last year due to injury. Big, strong lineman with ideal length, who plays with a nasty streak, exhibiting power on contact and good technique. Considering range limitations, may be a better fit at guard at the next level. Will have a chance to put a full season together and earn interest from NFL scouts as a senior. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com