Nick Hartigan, Zak DeOssie and Jamie Gasparella Named AP All-Americans

Dec. 14, 2005

Providence, RI - Three members of Brown's 2005 Ivy League Championship football team have been selected to the Associated Press All-American Team, with senior Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) earning first team honors, and junior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) and senior defensive back Jamie Gasparella (New Hudson, MI) garnering third team honors.

Hartigan is one of just five I-AA players in the nation to be named a first team All-American by the "Big Four," of All-American Teams - Walter Camp, the Sports Network, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), and the Associated Press (AP). He is one of three Walter Payton Award finalists who have been invited to attend the I-AA College Football Awards Dinner on December 15th in Chattanooga, TN, to announce the winner of the Payton Award, presented by the Sports Network to the nation's top player.

An outstanding student-athlete, Hartigan was honored as the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine National Academic All-American of the Year, the highest academic recognition attainable for a student-athlete. He was also named a First Team National Academic All-American for the second consecutive season.

The unanimous winner of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, Hartigan is a six-time Ivy League Player of the Week and holder of three career Ivy League scoring records. He ran for 100 or more yards 23 times in his Brown career, and rushed for a Brown record 1,727 yards in 2005, second best in Ivy League football history. He set additional Brown records for touchdowns (21) and points (126) in a season. His 4,492 career rushing yards are third best in the Ivy record book and rank 20th in NCAA history. He also led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game).

Hartigan also established several Ivy League career records, including new marks for career rushing touchdowns (52), career points (324), and career touchdowns (54). He also established new league records for Ivy career rushing touchdowns (35), Ivy career points (222), Ivy career touchdowns (37) and Ivy season touchdowns (16).

DeOssie, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, is a two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. He 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.

One of the dominating linebackers in the nation, DeOssie tied for the team lead in tackles with 80, including 12 tackles for a loss and five quarterback sacks. Now a two-time first team All-Ivy selection, DeOssie was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he registered a career high 18 tackles on the road against Cornell, with 1.5 tackles for a loss.

Gasparella earned first team All-Ivy and All-New England honors after being selected a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago. He intercepted seven passes for the Bears, one short of the school record, while making 50 total tackles, fourth on this year's team.

One of the top cover corners in the Ivy League, Gasparella ranked second in the nation in interceptions (.70 per game), and ranked fourth nationally in passes defended (1.50 per game). Gasparella's 10 career interceptions are seventh in the Brown football record book.