Nov. 29, 2006
Boston, Mass. - Brown senior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) and junior All-Ivy kicker Steve Morgan (New Albany, OH) team have been named to the New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star Team. The duo will honored at the New England Football Writers Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Casa di Fior restaurant in Wilmington, Mass.
A three-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, DeOssie is a finalist Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player. A dominant defensive force, deOssie led the Bears' defensive unit with 110 total tackles including 68 solo stops, second best in the nation.
DeOssie also ranked eighth in the nation with 11.4 tackles per game. He was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Cornell with 13 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a half sack and several bone-jarring hits. He registered a game high 14 tackles against Dartmouth after he had 15 total tackles vs. Yale.
Now a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England choice, Morgan is one of the top kickers in Ivy League football history. Morgan, a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year has 211 career points as a kicker which rank third best in Ivy League football history. His 39 career field goals are also third in the Ivy League record book. A second team All-Ivy punter in 2006, Morgan ranked second in the Ivy League and 25th nationally in punting with 40.7 yards per punt.
Morgan converted made 8 of 12 field goal and 25 of 26 extra points in 2006. He was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on a 25-yard field goal in overtime to lift Brown to a 30-27 victory over Penn. He booted three of three field goals (36, 25, 25) on the day and punted five times for a 39.6 average against the Quakers. Morgan provided the Bears' offense against Princeton with a 45-yard field goal against the Tigers, while his 72-yard second half punt against URI was the 17th longest in Ivy League football history.