July 28, 2005
Brown senior runningback Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) and junior linebacker Zak DeOssie (Andover, MA) have been named pre-season All-Americans by The Sports Network. Hartigan earned honorable mention All-American honors, while DeOssie was selected a second team pre-season All-American.
Hartigan is also expected to be named a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation's top I-AA player. He was a third team All-American a year ago. Hartigan established new Brown records for points (102) and touchdowns (17) in a season a year ago, and needs just over 500 yards to become Brown's all-time career rushing leader. An exemplary student-athlete, Hartigan is also a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, posting a 3.91 GPA in Political Science and History.
A two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, Hartigan rushed for 1,263 yards in 2004, the second best rushing performance in Brown history, running for 100 or more yards six times, including a season high 179 yards and four touchdowns against Columbia. The 6-2, 220 Hartigan ran for a school record 1,498 yards in 2003,and is one of only three Brown players to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season.
Hartigan's 2,761 career rushing yards are 15th best in the Ivy League record book and third in Brown football history. In 2004, Hartigan set a new school record for carries in a season (323), second most in Ivy League history.
Brown's defense will be led by DeOssie, a first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. 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.
A Third Team All-American, DeOssie 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. The 6-4, 240 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.