Oct. 12, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown University junior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) is one of 16 players in I-AA football to be selected to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch, an award presented annually by The Sports Network to the national defensive player of the year. The award is named in honor of Junious "Buck" Buchanan, the NAIA All-American and pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman, who played at Grambling State University from 1959-1962, and went on to an all-star career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
DeOssie, Brown's first ever Buchanan Award candidate, joins teammate Nick Hartigan, a senior all-American tailback and Brown's all-time career rusher, on the national awards watch. Hartigan is a member of the Payton Watch as a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented by The Sports Network to the nation's top offensive player in I-AA football.
DeOssie has become the dominant linebacker in the Ivy League and at the national level. He leads the nation in tackles for a loss (2.42 per game), and ranks second in sacks (1.33 per game), solo tackles (8.67 per game), third in forced fumbles (0.67 per game) and seventh in total tackles (12.33 per game).
Last week, DeOssie dominated Fordham with 11 total tackles, including nine solo hits, 3.5 tackles for a loss, a quarterback sack and an interception. DeOssie made 15 total tackles against Harvard, including 11 solo stops, forced two fumbles, had three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, including two quarterback sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
DeOssie was the Ivy League's fourth leading tackler in 2004 with 98 total tackles, including 53 solo stops. A Third Team All-American and first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, 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.