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Oliver Hoyte (born October 5, 1984) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at North Carolina State.

Oliver Hoyte
No. 53, 46
Position:Linebacker / Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1984-10-05) October 5, 1984 (age 35)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Tampa (FL) Chamberlain
College:North Carolina State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:22
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Hoyte attended Chamberlain High School, where was a three-time All-conference and a two-time All-state selection. As a senior he posted 153 tackles (98 solo) and 5 sacks, while helping the team reach the Class 5A state championship game. He received All-state honors as a junior and senior and was an All-conference selection three straight years.

He accepted a football scholarship from North Carolina State University. As a true freshman, he appeared in 14 games, tallying 51 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and one sack. As a sophomore, he started 11 games, making 97 tackles (second on the team) and 8 tackles for loss.

As a junior starter, even though he came off the field in passing situations, he collected 93 tackles (led the team), 14.5 tackles for loss (ninth best in school history) and 1.5 sacks. As a senior, he started 10 games, registering 99 tackles (second on the team), 12 tackles for loss, one sack and 2 forced fumbles. He was part of a defense that included future NFL players Manny Lawson and Mario Williams on the defensive side.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

On May 3, 2006, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. After earning a roster spot as a reserve linebacker and a solid special teams prospect, although he hadn't play the position since high school, he was converted into a fullback at the end of October and started 5 games.[1] He also posted 5 special teams tackles.

In 2007, he had 9 starts at fullback, but also missed 6 games with a neck injury. On February 28, 2008, he was released to make room for linebacker Zach Thomas, after he appeared in 22 games (14 starts) during his two years with the team.[2]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On March 3, 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs claimed him off waivers.[3] During training camp, the team played him at middle linebacker and was released before the start of the season due to a neck injury.

Personal lifeEdit

After football, he coached at Chamberlain High School, semi-pro ball for the Florida Thunder and was the linebackers coach at Tiffin University in 2010.[4]


  1. ^ "Hoyte Making Most Of Fullback Switch".
  2. ^ "Thomas makes it official". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chiefs claim fullback off waivers". March 1, 2008.
  4. ^ "Oliver Hoyte - Linebackers Coach". Tiffin University.

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