St. Ignace Alum Ostman to Receive Dick Enberg Award

MT. PLEASANT – St. Ignace graduate and current Central Michigan senior defensive end Joe Ostman has been named the recipient of the Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Ostman and women’s basketball senior guard Cassie Breen are co-recipients and will be honored alongside the women’s basketball team, which has been named the winner of the Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award. The three will be recognized during Saturday’s football game against Miami (Ohio) at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

A leader on CMU’s defense, Ostman was named the program’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-MAC honoree in 2016. Through three games this season, Ostman has tallied 12 total tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack.

“It’s a huge honor,” said Ostman in a release. “Definitely not something I was expecting. To be recognized with an award named after Dick Enberg, one of the all-time CMU greats and the fact that my peers and the people around me selected me for that award is extremely humbling and a huge honor. And I’m very thankful.”

A general management major with a 3.68 grade point average, Ostman has twice been named Academic All-MAC and a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Away from the field, Ostman volunteers his team with Special Olympics, March is Reading Month, Eagle Village and food drives.

“It’s not just me, but my teammates and our coaches are really involved with all of that as well,” Ostman said. “On a personal level it just feels good to give back when you get a chance. Life can happen fast with school and football, but it’s important to remember that and make a point to give back. The impact that you can have on a Special Olympian, or kids in an elementary school, it’s so much bigger than most people realize.”