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Joseph Ossai named AP first-team All-American

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Texas LB Joseph Ossai was named a first-team All-American on Monday by the Associated Press.

Ossai, a junior from Conroe, has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft and will not participate in the upcoming Alamo Bowl. In nine games during the 2020 season, Ossai recorded 55 tackles including 15.5 for loss. He also recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks, 0.5 more than his 2019 total in four fewer games.

In an October matchup versus Oklahoma State, Ossai dominated the Cowboys during a 12-tackle performance, including 6.0 for loss and 3.0 sacks. His final tackle, a sack of OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders, ended the game in overtime.

Ossai moved to the jack position in defensive coordinator Chris Ash’s defense after a year playing middle linebacker in 2019. The move was beneficial for Ossai, as it allowed for him to showcase his athleticism moving forward and attacking offensive linemen.

The Big 12 also bestowed first-team all-conference honors on Ossai, and he was an honorable mention for the conference’s defensive lineman and defensive player of the year awards.

A member of Texas’ 2018 class, Ossai chose Texas over Texas A&M and Notre Dame. He declared for the NFL Draft in mid-December. ESPN ranks Ossai as the No. 2 OLB and the No. 21 overall prospect. In November, The Athletic projected Ossai to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 21 pick in their Mock Draft 1.0.