Ben Ossai is set to report to the BC Lions training camp in June (Photo: Spokane Shock)
by Spokane Shock
Spokane Shock offensive lineman Ben Ossai is the latest member of the Spokane Shock to earn a contract with the Canadian Football League. The 6'5" 330 pound former University of Washington standout is in his second season with the Shock and will report to the BC Lions for training camp in June. Ossai was a mainstay on Spokane's line last year, his rookie season, until signing with the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives in June of 2011.
"We couldn't be more happy for Ben, " Shock General Manager Ryan Rigmaiden said. "He worked extremely hard in the offseason preparing for this opportunity and that hard work was rewarded with a CFL contract. Helping our players get to the next level is a priority for us and we take pride in doing it. It's always bittersweet to say goodbye to a player like Ben, but it's something we've worked on for a long time."
Ossai Leaves Hole in Offensive Line, to be filled with strong Rookie talent
No decision has been formerly announced, but it's expected that the favorite to replace Ossai in Spokane's lineup is rookie OT Cory Brandon. After a successful collegiate career with the Oklahoma Sooners, Brandon signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 before arriving in Spokane.
Spokane Shock Head Coach Andy Olson said, "Cory had a terrific training camp with us until he got injured. His length and footwork make it very hard for defensive ends to get around him and we don't expect to miss beat with him in the lineup. He's going to be a very good player for us and we're excited to see what he's capable of."
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Earlier this week, the Spokane Shock were Assigned former Huskie Defensive Back Vonzell McDowell. Vonzell, was a graduate of Lakes High School in Seattle, WA. After graduating in 2007, Vonzell became one of seven true freshmen to see playing time in the 2007 Season for the Huskies and was a consistent presence on the University of Washington Defense through-out his collegiate career earning the Academic Achievement Award for the Huskie's in his Senior Season of 2010.
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