The Cleveland Browns announced a pair of roster moves today, claiming OL
Dave Yovanovits (6-3, 294, Temple) off waivers from the New York Jets and
waiving OL Craig Osika.
Yovanovits, originally a seventh round (237th overall) draft choice of
New York in 2003, spent the last two seasons (2003-04) with the Jets. In
2003, he was inactive for all 16 games and opened the 2004 campaign on the
Jets’ practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Oct. 13,
2004. He played in four games, mostly on special teams, with the Jets last
A complete bio of Yovanovits is below.
Birthdate: March 6, 1981
How Acquired: W (N.Y.J.) – ‘05
Year with Browns: 1st
Year in NFL: 3rd
Games Played/Started: 2003 (0/0); 2004 (4/0).
Career Totals: 4 games, 0 starts.
Career Transactions: Originally drafted by the New
York Jets in the seventh round, 237th overall, of the 2003 NFL Draft…Waived
by New York on Sept. 6, 2004…Signed by the New York Jets to the practice
squad on Sept. 7, 2004…Signed by the New York Jets to the active roster on
Oct. 13, 2004…Waived by New York on Aug. 8, 2005…Claimed by Cleveland via
waivers on Aug. 9, 2005.
2004: Played in four games for the New York Jets, mostly on
special teams…Started the season on the practice squad before being signed
to the active roster on Oct. 13…Saw action in field goal protection vs. San
Francisco on Oct. 17, and at New England on Oct. 24…Participated on both
offense and field goal protection in Monday Night Football win over Miami on
Nov. 1, and saw action on special teams at Buffalo on Nov. 7…Was inactive
for weeks 9-16, as well as the Jets’ 20-17 OT loss at San Diego in an AFC
Wild Card playoff game.
2003: Earned a roster spot with the New York Jets, however was
inactive for all 16 regular season games.
College: Played every snap in 40 of his 45 career games at Temple
(1999-2002)…As a senior in 2002, participated in 854 plays and started every
game at left tackle…Registered 81 knockdowns and helped the offense average
317.8 yards per game…Started nine contest as a junior in 2001 and posted 56
knockdowns as the offense averaged 285.3 yards per game…Started every game
at left tackle as a sophomore in 2000…Played as a true freshman in 1999 and
moved into the starting lineup at right tackle…Helped the team account for
15 TDs and 2,250 yards passing.
Personal: Is the son of Kenneth and Katherine Yovanovits…Resides
in Stanhope, N.J. in the off-season…Majored in environmental engineering at
Temple and was named to the Dean's List in the spring of 2001…Cited on the
Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the fall of 2001 and the spring of
2002….Was a three-year varsity letter winner on both the offensive and
defensive lines at Hopatcong (N.J.) High School…Earned First-Team All-West
Jersey, All-Area and All-League honors as a senior in 1998…Received
Second-Team All-West Jersey, Third-Team All-Group II, All-Area and
All-League accolades as a junior…Was active in the Jets community relations
initiatives by visiting the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital and
joining teammates at the Annual David Center Bowling gala.