DALLAS (FWAA) Texas JACK Joseph
Ossai was all over the Oklahoma State backfield last week notching
a career-high six tackles for loss and three sacks as the Longhorns
got back into Big 12 title contention with a 41-34 overtime win
at No. 6 Oklahoma State. Ossai posted a career-high 12 tackles to earn the
Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the
Week honor for games in the weekend of Oct. 31, as selected by the
Football Writers Association of America.
This is the fourth time for a Texas player to earn the weekly
honor and the first since 2014.
It was perhaps the most complete game of his career for
Ossai, a 6-4, 253-pound junior from Conroe, Texas who plays the JACK position,
a hybrid defensive end-linebacker pass rush specialist. He also
forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery in Texas first road win over
a top-10 team since 2010. His final sack came on an OSU fourth
down in overtime to end the game.
Ossai is the first Power Five player to record at least 12 tackles,
six tackles for loss and three sacks in a game since Nebraskas
Ndamukong Suh did so against the Longhorns in the 2009 Big 12 Championship
Game (12 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks). Ossai is one of only six
FBS players in total to achieve all three of those totals in a game
since 2000. He has made at least eight tackles 13 times in his career,
the third-best total by a Texas player of the last 20-plus seasons.
Now the Big 12s TFL leader at 12.5 only two players have more
than 7.5 Ossai was part of the Texas defensive unit that forced four
Oklahoma State turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) to
go with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss. The Longhorns held Chuba
Hubbard to just 72 yards on 25 carries and the Big 12s top rushing
offense to only 130 yards on 51 carries (2.5 ypc). The Horns kept
OSU to just 3-of-12 on third downs.
Ossai is a member of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The
Longhorns have had two Bronko Nagurski winners and another finalist
in its history. Brian Orakpo, a defensive end, is Texas most recent
winner from 2008 and linebacker Derrick Johnson won the award in
2004. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown was a finalist in 2014.
No. 22 Texas hosts West Virginia at 11 a.m. CT Saturday on ABC.
Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected
a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce three finalists
for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Dec. 9. The national
defensive player of the year will announced on Dec. 22 and chosen from those finalists
who are part of the 2020 FWAA All-America Team.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since
1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary
two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated
college football then became a star for professional football's
Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski is a charter
member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of
America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college
football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and
publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve
the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations,
major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information
about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
About the Charlotte Touchdown Club
Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for
the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional
football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and
services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship,
scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and
coaches. Since 1990, the club has raised more than $2 million to
benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information,
contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
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2020 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 5: Isaiah Kaufusi, LB, BYU
Weekend of Sept. 12: Curtis Ryans, DE, Georgia Tech
Weekend of Sept. 19: Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall
Weekend of Sept. 26: Jahron McPherson, S, Kansas State
Weekend of Oct. 3: Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 10: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Weekend of Oct. 17: Grant Morgan, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 24: Nick Andersen, S, Wake Forest
Weekend of Oct. 31: Joseph Ossai, DE/LB, Texas
Weekend of Nov. 7: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Weekend of Nov. 14: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Weekend of Nov. 21: Blake Gallagher, LB, Northwestern
Weekend of Nov. 28: Nate Landman, LB, Colorado
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)
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