Rutgers Offensive Lineman David Osei Joins UMass Football
July 12, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass football head coach Charley Molnar has announced the addition of former Rutgers offensive lineman David Osei for the 2013 season. Osei graduated from Rutgers this past year with his undergraduate degree. He will be enrolled as a graduate student at UMass and will be immediately eligible to play due to the NCAA's one-time transfer exception rule.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound native of Abington, Pa., joins defensive lineman Justin Anderson (Maryland) and wide receiver/tight end Ricardo Miller (Michigan) who also enrolled in graduate classes at UMass this summer.
"David will be an immediate help to our football team - not only can he provide depth on the offensive line at the tackle position, but he also has the ability to play center and guard," said Molnar. "We look for David to come in and compete immediately. We expect him to make contributions to the program off the field as well as he has great leadership qualities and his experience will be a valuable addition in the locker room."
Osei played in 11 games with five career starts at Rutgers from 2010-12. He redshirted his true freshman year in 2009. A two-time member of the Big East All-Academic Team, Osei saw the bulk of his action as a redshirt sophomore in 2011 when he played in eight games with five starts. This past season he saw time in two games for the Scarlet Knights who narrowly fell to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
For the most part, Osei played center at Rutgers, but also saw time at left tackle and guard. His addition to the program will add size and experience on the UMass offensive line which lost three key starters from 2012 in Stephane Milhim, Quinton Sales and Nick Speller.
Before joining Rutgers, Osei played for head coach Tim Sorber at Abington High School where he was selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 game, featuring the top players from Pennsylvania vs. Ohio. He was selected as a Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honoree on offense after helping the Ghosts to a 10-3 record and a 31 point-per-game average. He was also a standout wrestler who was one of the state's elite with a career record of 113-12 (more than 40 falls), including a 44-1 record and South Class AAA state finalist appearance as a senior. As a junior, he had a 34-3 mark on the mats including a District 1 South Class AAA crown and a second-place finish in the South Central Regional.
Since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, UMass has received strong performances from student-athletes utilizing the NCAA's one-time transfer exception. In 2012, Michael Cox(Michigan), Deion Walker (Notre Dame) and Hafis Williams (Notre Dame) all played significant roles in the Minutemen's first year at the FBS level and as members of the Mid-American Conference. The opportunity helped Cox immensely as he was drafted by the New York Giants in April after leading UMass in rushing last season.
UMass will begin the 2013 season at Wisconsin on Aug. 31 in Madison, Wis. Kick-off is slated for 11:00 AM CST. The UMass Alumni Association is offering a special Ticket & Tailgate Package for the game.
Season tickets (Club Level & Lower Level) and individual game tickets (Lower Level) are on sale now for UMass' six home games at Gillette Stadium. Fans can order both online by visiting www.UMassAthletics.com/Tickets or by calling 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784).