He's still Joey in his hometown. On the football field, he's a co-captain for Central Michigan and the last person a quarterback wants to see in the backfield. On campus, he's Joe Ostman, a quiet student with a 3.68 GPA majoring in general management.
Ostman was named the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Humanitarian Award winner.
"I've said it before, Joe is the model student-athlete," CMU football coach John Bonamego said of Ostman, a senior defensive end. "He's what you want on and off the field, in the community. He's got an unbelievable work ethic."
Ostman will play his final game in a Central Michigan uniform on Dec. 22 against Wyoming in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. He set an example while at CMU by succeeding on the field, in the classroom and as a leader in the community.
Ostman is among the many CMU student-athletes who volunteer each summer for the Special Olympics events on campus, fully engaging with athletes and volunteers. He was part of a crew of players who volunteered this year to help with renovations at Eagle Village, a home for disadvantaged youths. He even volunteered to help at a middle school dance.
Ostman was awarded CMU Athletics inaugural Dustin Preston Leadership Award in April, and he is a finalist for the Bill Boyden Leadership Award. Both are among the top awards CMU student-athletes can earn. He was named CMU's Dick Enberg Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2017.
Ostman is tied for second among all FBS players with 12 sacks, he shares the national lead with 1.20 sacks per game, he has 18.5 tackles-for-loss, which ranks seventh nationally, and he is fourth nationally with 1.9 tackles-for-loss per game.
He also is scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game on Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla.