Eagles earn national honors at 47th award dinner in New Haven, Conn.
Led the Eagles in tackling with 128 total (70 solos, 53 assists) ? duplicating his 128-tackle performance from his junior season?also had six tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and an interception? started all 13 games and 26 straight through two seasons?capped off his career by leading the team in tackles vs. Colorado State in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (five solos, five assists, one TFL, one forced fumble)?team co-captain, along with Augie Hoffmann?six tackles (four solos) vs. Wake Forest in season opener?led team with ten tackles (five solos), also had one QB hurry, caused one fumble vs. Penn State?four solos, three assists, one TFL at Connecticut?had six solos, four assists vs. Miami?four solos, three assists, three QB hurries vs. Ball State?five solos, five assists at Temple?led team with 18 tackles (eleven solos), two TFLs at Syracuse?four solos, three assists, two QB hurries, one interception returned five yards vs. Notre Dame?second straight game against Notre Dame with an interception?three solos, six assists vs. Pittsburgh?five solos, five assists, one TFL vs. West Virginia?ten solos, four assists, one TFL, vs. Rutgers?had ten tackles, including four solos, and one QB hurry at Virginia Tech.
BC?s leading tackler in 2002 ? 128 total (81 solos), 8 TFLs, 2 interceptions, 6 pass deflections, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries?13-game starter at linebacker for the Eagles?excellent game vs. UConn; five solos, four assists, one QB hurry, one PBU?five solos, two assists, one PBU vs. Stanford, plus a key fumble recovery and 35-yard return that led to the Eagle win?four solos, four assists vs. Miami?four solos, one assist, two TFLs plus one QB hurry in excellent game vs. central Michigan?three solos, seven assists, one TFL vs. Virginia Tech?led all Eagles with eleven tackles (seven solos), one TFL and one forced fumble in excellent game vs. Navy?eleven tackles (six solos) vs. Pittsburgh?was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (by the Football Writers Association of America) following his performance vs. Notre Dame?15 tackles (10 solos) in that game, plus a fumble recovery, a caused incompletion and a 71-yard interception return for what turned out to be the winning touchdown vs. the fourth-ranked Irish?followed up that performance with nine tackles (six solos), including a TFL, vs. West Virginia?team-high 15 tackles (11 solos) vs. Syracuse?team-high 14 tackles (11 solos), two TFLs, one caused incompletion vs. Temple?five tackles (3 solos) vs. Rutgers, along with an interception?led the team with nine tackles vs. Toledo in Motor City Bowl.
Missed the first three games of the season with a back injury, but came back to record 75 tackles in eight games, good for a tie for fourth place on the team?also recorded five tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks?had seven tackles in BC?s win over Georgia in the Music City Bowl and also registered an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection?was named to Sports Illustrated?s ?All-Bowl Team??came back as a reserve against Army (Sept. 28) and moved into the starting lineup for the final five games of the season, starting with Pittsburgh (Oct. 20)?had 15 tackles against both Notre Dame (Oct. 27) and Miami (Nov. 10)?also had 12 tackles in regular season finale at Syracuse (Nov. 24)?recorded nine tackles off the bench vs. Temple (Oct. 6)?had a quarterback sack against the Panthers and recorded interceptions against Pittsburgh and Miami.
Saw reserve action as a linebacker in all 11 games and the bowl game...was fifth on the team in tackles with 50 and also had two for a loss...made a career-high 10 tackles, eight unassisted, in the bowl victory...had eight tackles vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 30) and also had seven against Temple (Nov. 4) and six in three other games...had his first career interception vs. Rutgers (Oct. 28).
Did not see any action and was redshirted.
Earned all-metro and all-county first-team honors as a senior safety/running back at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School? earned 1998 Montgomery Gazette all-star honors?was rated among SuperPrep?s top 25 in the Mid-Atlantic region?was a member of George Michael?s Sports Machine?s Golden 11?was a Pigskin Club nominee?finished his career with 13 interceptions? registered 145 tackles, including 60 solos, as a senior?rushed for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1998?served as a two-year team captain for head coach Tom Kolar; led his team to WCAC titles as a sophomore and junior?also a standout lacrosse player; was a three-year all-county and one-year all-met selection.
Joshua D. Ott, born February 13, 1981...enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences with a major in communications?Josh is the youngest of Barbara and Reginald Ott?s four children.