St. Ignace’s Ostman Anchoring CMU Defense
MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan defensive lineman and St. Ignace native Joe Ostman is prepping to end his collegiate career on top.
The rising senior and 2014 Third Team All-MAC selection, Ostman appeared in just three games last season after injuring his left ankle in CMU’s Week 2 win over Monmouth (N.J.).
After a promising spring campaign, Ostman says there’s plenty of excitement building for 2016.
"When it comes to the team, I think the team has been really focused all spring,” Ostman said. “I think we had a great spring. Moving into next season, there’s a lot of excitement. We’re ready to work hard all summer and we want to be the number one defense in the country next year.”
If the Chippewas defense plays as well as it did in 2015, CMU and Ostman’s goal might not be that entirely far-fetched.
CMU ranked 16th nationally in total defense (322.2 yards per game) a year ago and second in the MAC, leading the league in pass defense (193 yards) and checking in at third in rush defense (139.2 yards).
As a defensive leader, Ostman has tallied 91 tackles (47 solo, 44 assists), five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over his three-year career.
"I don’t know if we’re going to see many guys that are better than Joey Ostman,” head coach John Bonamego said. “You’re going to see a couple that are as good, but particularly in our conference, there won’t be a lot of ‘D’ players that are much better than Joey."
Ostman and the Chippewas kick off their 2016 season at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, welcoming in FCS foe Presbyterian (S.C.).