2014: Played in four games while backing up senior Trevor Siemian ... Made his first career start in season-finale vs. Illinois following an injury to Siemian, completing 23-of-38 passes for 221 yards (all career bests) and one touchdown ... Came on in relief of Siemian in the second quarter at Purdue and tallied 108 yards of total offense in a 38-14 Wildcats victory ... Ran for first career touchdown in that game ... Threw a career-long 54-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Northern Illinois, on just his sixth career pass attempt ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2013: Played in five games ... Attempted one pass each against Western Michigan and Michigan State ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2012: Appeared in three games as a redshirt freshman (vs. South Dakota, vs. Penn State, vs. Illinois) ... Completed both of his passing attempts on the year for a total of 14 yards (long of 13) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011: Redshirted and did not see action.
High School: ESPN.com three-star, SuperPrep All-Southwest and Rivals.com All-Southeast selection ... Ranked 21st among all Louisiana players by SuperPrep and
31st among all Louisiana players by Rivals.com ... Ranked 26th nationally among all
pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com ... Three-year starting quarterback at Catholic
High ... In 2010, was tabbed first-team all-district, first-team all-metro and
honorable mention all-state ... Tabbed the MVP's of the 2010 Army Red Stick Bowl
All-Star and the 2010 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl All-Star games ... Tossed the
game-winning TD pass with 13 seconds left in the Army Red Stick game ... Completed
12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and 2 TD's, along with a rushing TD, in the Emfinger
All-American Bowl game ... Second-team all-district and honorable mention all-state
in 2009 ... Concluded career with 5,411 passing yards, 57 TD passes, 410
completions, 6,154 yards of total offense, 743 rushing yards ... As a junior, led
the Bears to an 11-3 record and a state semifinal appearance ... Also competes on
the Bears' three-time track state championship team ... Placed fourth in the javelin
throw at the state meet ... Hails from the same high school that has produced
Warrick Dunn, Travis Miner, Major Applewhite, Donnie Jones and Chris Williams ...
Member of school's Honor Roll ... Played against current NU linebacker Collin Ellis
... Coached by Dale Weiner.
Personal: Born Zachary Douglas Oliver ... Son of Barbara Oliver and Dennis Oliver
... Brother, Brian, plays football for Henderson State ... Communication studies major.