|31 Lorenzo Osborne|
A speedy, talented and athletic linebacker who should benefit greatly from an "unconventional" redshirt season that produced notable results in East Carolina's strength program ... Played as a true freshman in 2006, thus had an "extra" season available ... Returns to active duty as the projected top backup to Chris Mattocks at one of the outside linebacking positions but is expected to vie for starting status as the season progresses ... In addition, will most likely be asked to play another stalwart and key role on special teams ... Notched six tackles, including a sack for an eight-yard loss during the initial spring scrimmage (4/4) before netting four stops and a quarterback pressure in the second contest (4/8) ... Contributed three tackles, two coming as solo hits during the Purple-Gold Game (4/18).
2008: Redshirted ... Spend season on scout team and did not experience game action.
2007: Played in all 13 games with one start as a sophomore ... Lone start came in the regular season finale against Tulane ... Recorded 22 total tackles (nine solo, 13 assists) ... Collected a career-high six tackles against UTEP ... Registered two sacks for -21 yards ... Part of a defensive front that held four opponents to 80 yards or less rushing (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis/77) ... Tallied a career-high six tackles (four solo) at UTEP ... Also collected his first career sack (-16 yards) in the fourth quarter, halting a Miner drive in Pirate territory ... Made four stops in initial start vs. Tulane ... Booked three tackles in clashes at West Virginia and Memphis, and added second quarterback drop of campaign vs. Tigers ... Logged a pair of stops against North Carolina and contributed single-tackle efforts vs. Southern Miss, Houston, UCF and UAB.
2006: Experienced action in 10 games as a true freshman, all on special teams ... Recorded lone tackle of the season against Tulsa during fourth quarter action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Did not play against SMU, Southern Miss and UCF ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2006.
High School: A three-time Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-City selection (twice as a defensive end, one as a linebacker) ... An AJC All-State pick (honorable mention) as a senior ... Helped lead Mays to a regional title as a sophomore in 2003 before guiding the Raiders back to post-season play during senior campaign ... Earned a total of three football letters and served as team captain ... Credited with a 106 tackles, 17 sacks, five fumble recoveries and a pair of touchdowns in 2005 ... Made 80 stops, had 12 quarterback drops, recovered three fumbles and added one score as a junior ... Earned an additional three letters as a track athlete ... Competed in the 400-meter dash and recorded a top time of 48.6 ... Clocked at 4.5 in the 40 during football speed testing ... Coach was Rodney Hackney.
Personal: Full name is Lorenzo Jermaine Osborne ... Nickname is "Zo" ... Born November 29, 1987 at Atlanta, Ga. ... Major is communications ... Lists spending time with family and video games as favorite things to do away from football ... Says fans and coaches are the best part about being a member of the ECU football program ... Lists former running back and current assistant coach Junior Smith as favorite all-time Pirate player ... Picks Lee Corso as favorite sports announcer ... Credits family and high school coaches as having most influence on career.