CMU’s Troy Hairston II Credits Joe Ostman for Last Season’s Success
MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan defensive end Troy Hairston II has established himself as one of the best defensive players in the MAC over the last few years.
In fact, Hairston II and teammate Troy Brown were both named to the Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2021 season. The award is given annually to the best defensive player in the nation.
But it was an uphill climb for Hairston II to get to this point. He was relatively underrecruited out of Birmingham Seaholm High School and initially came to Central Michigan as a walk-on.
Hairston II said he credits a lot of people for the success he’s had in the last few years, but threw out one name in particular: St. Ignace native and former Chippewa Joe Ostman.
“Joey Ostman worked with me a lot. He was the really one of the only people who really believed in me and really worked with me over quarantine a little bit,” Hairston II said. “I got to know him on a deeper level over time. Yeah, I credit him with a lot of things that I did last year.”
Hairston II was the co-MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. Ostman is entering his third year in the NFL as a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Central Michigan will open the season September 4th on the road against the Missouri Tigers.