CMU’s Ostman Etches Name in Record Books

MT. PLEASANT – During Central Michigan’s come-from-behind 35-28 win over Northern Illinois last Friday, St. Ignace graduate and senior defensive lineman Joe Ostman further etched his name in the program record books.

Ostman recorded his 12th sack of the season and 26th of his career in the fourth quarter of CMU’s fifth straight win, moving him past former great and current Kansas City Chief Frank Zombo for second all-time in program history.

“I love Central Michigan. And I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity just to be able to play here these last five years,” Ostman said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an honor and a blessing. There’s no doubt about it. I’m very thankful to be given this opportunity to play here these last five years. And like I said, it’s kind of a surreal feeling.”

Ostman is currently tied with Arkansas State’s Ja’Von Rolland-Jones for tops in the nation this year.

“Football’s important at this school, Central Michigan, and just playing with my brothers, the guys that I’ve been here with for five years and all the guys on the team,” Ostman said. “I love all those guys, and going out and playing at Kelly-Shorts, we have a lot of memories, whether it’s playing on game day or practicing throughout the week or training throughout the summer, that’s been our home”

After posting their first eight-win season since 2009, Ostman and the Chippewas (8-4) will learn their bowl destination on Sunday.