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Ossman brings intensity to Wolves' huddle

During the course of the season, if anyone in the South Kitsap huddle is going to say anything during a game, Brad Ossman will most likely be the first.

“I like to take it upon myself, because I’m more vocal,” Ossman said. “I try to get it pumped up so we can go.”

The senior offensive tackle/defensive end has earned that reputation over the years. His teammates know about it, and so do his coaches.

“He is a very confident — not cocky or arrogant at all, but he’s very confident in his ability,” South coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “And he has very good intensity.”

And at 6-foot, 230 pounds, Ossman doesn’t cut an opposing figure physically, but he is being counted on to cut some holes in opposing defenses for his running backs.

“We’re ready to go,” Ossman said. “I’m ready to go.”

Sigurdson said Ossman is very skilled at all the offensive line positions, although he will concentrate at left tackle, and he can and has played them all.

And he knows who’s supposed to be where and who should be blocking whom and he’s not afraid to let his teammates know.

“If something goes south (he can tell them right where they need to be),” Sigurdson said. “He’s a good competitor — he’s a very intense kid.”

With team captains in the defensive secondary and at linebacker, Ossman has taken it upon himself to take charge of the linemen and, if need be, the huddle as well.

“Most of the time, it’s just to pump them up and let them know it’s OK,” Ossman said. “The play is behind us — the next play, we go.”

Ossman will be counted on heavily this year to help open holes for the Wolves ground attack, an attack that is being scaled back to a more fundamental, sound one. One that he has no problem handling.

“We’ll all do whatever it takes to win,” Ossman said. “We all want to win.”

But he also can calm the masses when needed with a personality that is as big as his frame.

“He’s happy. He always has a great big, huge smile,” Sigurdson said. “He’s always got something funny to say. But very good intensity when it’s time to go.”

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