Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan’s Joe Ostman has been named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
The award, which is presented annually by Premier Sports Management, goes to a senior football player from a Football Bowl Subdivision team who excels in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Ostman, who hails from Mackinaw City, is a general management major who carries a 3.68 grade point average. A defensive end, he has twice been named Academic All-Mid-American Conference and is also a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
He has been among CMU’s leaders on the defensive side of the ball since arriving on campus in 2013. He was named CMU’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned Second Team All-MAC honors in 2016.
Off the field, Ostman has been involved with the likes of Special Olympics, food drives, March is Reading Month, and the team’s efforts to remodel and spruce up Eagle Village in Hersey.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their respective communities.
The winner will be announced in January. Ostman is one of four candidates to represent a MAC school
Earlier this fall, Ostman was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognized the best scholar-athlete in the nation. He is just the third CMU player – after Bob Stebbins (1987) and Cooper Rush (2016) – to be named a semifinalist for the award.
In September, Ostman was named the Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award co-winner along with Cassie Breen of the CMU women’s basketball team. The award goes to a student-athlete who performs with distinction, carries the leadership mantle, and excells academically as well as athletically.