Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 95 Days

#95 Jeff Owens, DT
6-3, 298, Sunrise FL (Plantation HS), Sr.
Owens begins his senior campaign in Athens as one of the more decorated players currently on the roster. A late commitment in the 2005 signing class, Owens signed with UGA over a number of top schools, including Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State and even the hometown Miami Hurricanes. His impact was measured early during the SEC Championship run of 2005, when he recorded 2.5 sacks, including one in the game at the Dome vs LSU. Later that year he was named Freshman All-SEC first team, and a Freshman All-American 2nd teamer. All he has done since then is start every game at DT for the Dawgs. He begins 2008 on the watch list for the Outland, Lott and Nagurski awards, and will be the anchor up the middle.
Depth Chart Analysis: Probably as firm as any player on defense, although Defensive Line Coach Rodney Garner has always been after Owens both publicly and privately about his conditioning and attitude. That should not be a problem for 2008, as he is probably preparing himself for a nice, long career in the NFL. Owens should be one of the vocal senior leaders on defense. Expect him to show up every play.

Note: I read on ugasports.com today that DeAngelo Tyson would be given #94 to wear. Obviously I profiled him under Day 96. Obviously we'll make all efforts to profile a player on the day that corresponds with his actual number. When those don't exist, we have to make our best guess. Just keep in mind throughout, that incoming freshmen will get assigned to a number, but it may not always end up being the number they wear in 2008. We'll do the best we can there.


Bop said...

Owens is another in a long line of stud D-Linemen that Coach Garner has produced. It is amazing how much he has done for Georgia's program. Still not sure he gets as much credit as he deserves...Heck he was even resposible for the talent on those '97 and '98 teams up in that shithole town (that fought for the north during the civil war) in east tennessee.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this series...I am enjoying it and look forward to more. Can't wait for the 2008 season - I hope reality meets expectations.