March 7, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown junior runningback Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) and sophomore linebacker Zak DeOssie (Andover, MA) have been selected to the 2004 Football Gazette All-American Team. Hartigan garnered second team All-American honors, and DeOssie was recognized as a third team All-American.
A two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England choice, Hartigan was also honored by the Sports Network as a third team All-American selection earlier this year. Hartigan established new Brown records for points (102) and touchdowns (17) in a season, while rushing for 1,263 yards, the second best in Brown football history. He ran for 100 or more yards six times in 2004, including a season high 179 yards against Columbia, and 176 yards against Harvard.
A CoSIDA First Team National Academic All-American, and NACDA I-AA Academic All-Star with a 3.87 grade point average in Political Science, Hartigan set a new school record for carries in a season (323), second most in Ivy League history, tied with Penn's Jim Finn (1998), and behind the 356 carries by Cornell's Ed Marinaro in 1971. His 2,761 career rushing yards are third in the Brown record book and 15th best in the Ivy League record book. Hartigan's 598 career carries are third most in Ivy football history in league games.
DeOssie, a first team All-Atlantic Region All-American, emerged as a dominant player in the Ivy League. He was the Ivy League's fourth leading tackler with 98 total tackles, including 53 solo stops. His 80 tackles in league games ranked second among all Ivy defenders. He had a major effect on the success of the Brown defense, which ranked 2nd in the league in total defense, yielding 316.4 yards per game. DeOssie also had nine tackles for a loss and five quarterback sacks for the Bears.
A first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, DeOssie was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Yale where he made 13 total tackles, deflected Yale's first pass of the game, leading to an interception, and made an interception at the goal line to stop a Yale drive.