Osbourne Gets His Due From “Sports Network”

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: January 13, 2009

HOUSTON — Texas Southern University junior wide receiver William Osbourne has been named as one of 11 SWAC players on the Sports Network All-America Football Team.

The 5-foot-8, 162-pound Osbourne, a native of Marshall, Texas was a sparkplug for the Tigers and gave their offense a much needed boost in many games throughout the season.

An All-SWAC selection at receiver and return specialist, Osbourne was second in the nation in all-purpose yards (2,308), seventh in the nation in punt returns (22 for 349 yards), and 16th overall in receiving yards (82 catches for 1,092, 13.3 ypc)

The SWAC had a total of 11 football players named to the 2008 Sports Network All-America team. Prairie View A & M senior linebacker Zach East, earned first-team All-America honors.

He was the lone SWAC representative on the first team.

East, who was a first-team All-SWAC selection in 2007 and 2008, was one of just 16 players nationally who were repeat selections form 2007 as a first, second, or third team All-America.

Two other SWAC players were named to the second-team All-America. They include: Grambling State defensive tackle Melvin Matthews and Jackson State cornerback Domonique Johnson.

Jackson State linebacker and 2008 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, Marcellus Speaks, was the only third team All-America selection from the conference. Osbourne was one of seven SWAC players who earned Honorable Mention accolades.

The other players are listed as follows: Tight End Abner Brown-Mississippi Valley State, Alabama A & M kicker Jeremy Licea, Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive end Ladarius Anthonly, Jackson State defensive end Marcus Benard, Alcorn State linebacker Lee Robinson, and Grambling State cornerback Jeffery Jack.

Jack, a native Houstonian, is projected to go in the first three to five rounds of the 2009 NFL draft. The 6-foot, 208-pounder finished the regular season ranked second on the team in tackles (74) in addition to forcing three fumbles and blocking two kicks.