Aug. 23, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - For the second straight season, Brown University senior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, Mass.) is one of 16 players to named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch by the Sports Network, honoring the top defensive player in I-AA football.
DeOssie, who was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award last season, is a two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. He was a third team Associated Press All-American in 2005, and a 2006 second team pre-season All-American selection by the Sports Network.
Last season, DeOssie was ranked in the Top 10 nationally in four different national defensive categories - total tackles, solo tackles, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss, before suffering a season ending injury in Brown's eighth game of the season.
Recognized as one of the dominating linebackers in the nation at any level, DeOssie tied for the team lead in tackles with 80, including 12 tackles for a loss and five quarterback sacks. DeOssie was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he registered a career high 18 tackles on the road against Cornell.
The Buck Buchanan 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.
"Buchanan Watch" Candidates (Aug. 23) Tory Collins, DT, Northwestern State Zak DeOssie, LB, Brown Justin Durant, LB, Hampton Keldrick Holman, S, Stephen F. Austin Codera Jackson, CB, Youngstown State Martin Jackson, DE, Alcorn State Tyler Knight, LB, Mississippi Valley State Tony LeZotte, S, James Madison John Mohring, LB, Georgia Southern Mike Murphy, DE, Montana Marques Murrell, DE, Appalachian State Chad Nkang, LB, Elon Clint Sellers, LB, Eastern Illinois Kyle Shotwell, LB, Cal Poly Cameron Siskowic, LB, Illinois State Pago Togafau, LB, Idaho State