2017-12-07 / Sports

Ostman Records 26th Sack To Pass NFL Player


Joe Ostman Joe Ostman During Central Michigan University’s (CMU) comeback win over Northern Illinois Friday, November 24, CMU senior Joe Ostman moved into second place all-time in program history for sacks. Ostman recorded his 12th sack of the season, and 26th of his career in the fourth quarter of CMU’s win, moving him past former Chippewas great and current Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Frank Zombo. He is currently tied with Arkansas State’s Ja’Von Rolland Jones for the nation’s lead in sacks.

CMU has won five games in a row and finished their regular season with an 8-4 record. Ostman will play his final game for the Chippewas in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, to be played Friday, December 22, in Boise. The game will be televised on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m.

Ostman is a three-time all-conference honoree, has twice been named Academic All-Mid-American Conference, and is likely to earn a third honor on that team. He’s also a candidate for several national awards, including the William V. Campbell Trophy, which goes to the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. He is scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game, an annual postseason college football all-star game that benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children and features 100 of the nation’s top players. Players must be invited to participate, and are selected based on their potential to make an NFL team. The game attracts dozens of scouts from NFL teams and is coached by top current NFL assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. More than 70 players from last year’s game made NFL rosters for the 2017- 2018 season.

Ostman is a 2013 graduate of LaSalle High School and is the son of Joe and Angie Ostman of Mackinaw City.

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