- 2000 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Prototypical tight end ... has proven to be a strong blocker but displayed good hands and the ability to turn upfield as a junior when he became a key weapon in the passing game over the second half of the season ... figures to play a prominent role in short yardage situations and two-tight end sets ... will be counted on once again as the Cards' long snapper.
2002: Played in all 13 games with starts in six of the last seven contests ... played a prominent role in the running game early in the season, but became the Cards' featured tight end when Ronnie Ghent went down with a season-ending injury six games into the season ... took advantage of the opportunity and emerged as one of the top all-around tight ends in Conference USA ... ranked sixth on the Cards with 20 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns ... hauled in a career-high six catches for 72 yards and a score against TCU in his first start of the season ... pulled down five catches for 39 yards against Marshall in the GMAC Bowl.
2001: Hauled in three passes on the season, two of which went for scores ... three of his four career catches have gone for touchdowns ... pulled down a nine-yard touchdown pass against Southern Miss and a 22-yarder against TCU ... his touchdown against Southern Miss came one play after the Cards recovered a fumble on their own nine-yard line -- the score broke open a 14-14 fourth-quarter game and ignited an 18-0 run by the Cards to close out the contest.
2000: Saw action in all 12 games for U of L, starting three ... Conference USA all-freshman honoree ... had just one reception but it went for a 10-yard touchdown in a shutout win over Grambling ... the blocking half of the Cardinals' newcomer tandem at tight end ... doubled as the Cardinals' reserve longsnapper, seeing flawless action versus Florida State, Army and in horrid weather conditions at Houston.
1999: Did not see game action.
High School: A first team all-area tight end and second team all-area defensive lineman as a senior ... caught 19 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in 1998 ... recorded 46 tackles and four sacks as a senior ... an all-Florida Star Conference selection in football and basketball ... averaged 14 yards per catch as a junior ... made 51 tackles including three sacks as a junior ... blocked four kicks in 1997 ... athletic director's honor roll in his final two years ... named team's outstanding defensive lineman ... rated 82nd-best player in the state of Florida by SuperPrep magazine ... on the hardwood averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game.
Personal: Sports administration major ... earned numerous state and national awards for his work with Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity and FHA/HERO ... US Army Reserve Student-Athlete of the Year ... born November 4, 1980 ... son of Ronnie and Debbie Owens ... married the former Tina Ryan during the summer of 2000.
Year GP Rec Yds TD Yds/Rec Yds/Gm Long
2000 11 1 10 0 10.0 0.9 10
2001 13 3 58 2 19.3 4.5 27
2002 13 20 182 2 9.1 14.0 27
Totals 37 24 250 4 10.4 6.8 27