Joseph Ossai earns consensus All-American status

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After being named a member of the first team by three of the five recognized All-America selectors, junior linebacker Joseph Ossai became the 61st player in school history to earn consensus All-American status. Ossai is the first consensus All-American from Texas since DeShon Elliott and Michael Dickson both earned unanimous All-American status in 2017.

Ossai received a first-team distinction from the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Thursday, joining first-team honors from the FWAA and Associated Press.

A junior from Conroe, Ossai was named a captain this year and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. He started in all nine regular season games, recording 55 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

His best performance of his career was Halloween night in Stillwater, Okla. versus the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He tallied 12 tackles, 6.0 of them for loss, and three sacks, including a walk-off sack of Spencer Sanders in overtime. It was three double-digit tackle games including TCU and Oklahoma.