Texas gave sophomore linebacker Joseph Ossai a starting spot prior to this season, and the Conroe Oak Ridge graduate has responded with solid production.

Through the Longhorns’ first five games, Ossai, who stands 6-foot-4-inches and weighs 245 pounds, has proven to be an efficient defensive weapon by totaling 21 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a pair of interceptions.

Ossai registered season highs of eight tackles and a sack in Texas’ 36-30 home victory over Oklahoma State on Sept. 21. It is likely that defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will expand Ossai’s role as the latter continues to work hard throughout the year.

Originally from Nigeria, Ossai has played in more than 10 career games in Austin. He is a 2019 preseason All-Big 12 selection and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the spring 2019 semester.

At Oak Ridge, he was a two-time all-district and academic all-district honoree in addition to being named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Houston in his senior year.

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