AUSTIN, Texas — Texas JACK Joseph Ossai earned his third and fourth All-America accolades when Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named to their second teams.
He previously had earned first-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
The junior co-captain, who was one of six players to opt out of the Longhorns’ victory over Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl, started all nine games in the regular season, collecting 55 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss — the most in the Big 12 and second-most nationally at the end of the regular season — five sacks, three forced fumbles, one recovery, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. He was as consistent as he was productive, registering at least one tackle for loss in eight of the nine games in which he played.
In UT’s win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, he had 12 tackles, six tackle for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and one recovered fumble, becoming the first player from a school in Power Five conference since Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh in the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game to record at least 12 tackles, six TFLs and three sacks in a game.
Ossai also is named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive player, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is presented annually to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for “Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.” He also was earned first-team All-Big 12 honors this season.