February 15, 2007

Zak DeOssie To Participate In NFL Scouting Combine

Feb. 15, 2007

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown senior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, Mass.) has earned an invitation to the exclusive NFL Scouting Combine, February 21-27, 2007, to display his skills prior to the NFL Draft. DeOssie is the first Brown player to earn an invitation to the Combine.

Over 300 of the very best college football players have been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation's top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is a vital step for athletes in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

After another tremendous season for the Bears, DeOssie's stock rose even higher at the East-West Shrine game in Houston, Texas. Competing for the East Team, DeOssie was a standout at outside linebacker and on special teams, making eight tackles.

DeOssie earned All-American honors for the second straight season, being named an Associated Press Third Team All-American. A two-time 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.

A tri-captain for the 2006 Brown football team, DeOssie 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.