Dec. 8, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown senior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) has received an invitation to play in the 2007 Cornerstone Bancard Hula Bowl at Aloha Stadium, on January 14, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be televised live in primetime on ESPN.
A two-year finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, DeOssie is a three-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. A dominant defensive force, DeOssie led the Bears' defensive unit with 110 total tackles including 68 solo stops, second best in the nation. He finished his Brown career with 315 total tackles.
DeOssie, a tri-captain for the 2006 Brown football team, 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.
The first Hula Bowl All-Star Classic was played on January 5, 1946, marking the beginning of a post-season bowl game that has spanned seven decades and launched the professional careers of countless football greats. One thing that has remained constant about the Hula Bowl are the incredible players that participate in Hawaii year after year. Over the past 59 years, the Hula Bowl has seen such Heisman Trophy winners as Johnny Rogers, Jim Plunkett, Tony Dorsett, Billy Sims, Mike Garrett, Steve Owens, Rashaan Salaam, Danny Wuerffel, Ricky Williams, Ron Dayne and and Eric Crouch.