Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 95 Days (#95 Jeff Owens)

#95 Jeff Owens, DT
6-3, 306, Sunrise FL (Plantation HS), Sr.

Time flies. I don't know about the rest of you, but it doesn't seem like almost 5 years ago that Owens began his career at UGA. After coming to UGA from Florida, Owens was a big part of the success of the defense on the SEC Championship squad of 2005, playing in all 13 games as a true freshman and recording 2.5 sacks that season. (He was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News that year.) Over the next 2 seasons, he'd start all but one game at DT, becoming a stalwart on the defensive line. In what might have been the pivotal event of the 2008 season, Owens blew out his knee in the first quarter of the first game. He got a redshirt and has been rehabbing ever since. He should be ready to go in Stillwater, not a moment too soon for this defense. A healthy Owens for the 2009 season is crucial. He's been named to the 2009 Lott Trophy watch list, presented annually to the college football Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. (IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.)

Depth Chart Analysis: As long as he's 100%, Owens will be the starter in Stillwater. He's earned that in what has quietly been an outstanding career at UGA. He's a rare blend of run-stuffer and pass rusher that has the potential to be a gamechanger for this defense. Hopefully we'll find out early in the season that Owens was what this UGA defense was missing in 2008.

Note: Owens writes a very entertaining and insightful blog called appropriately "Jeff Owens: The Real Deal", that you can find here. Understandably, he doesn't post all that often, but what he has posted has been great stuff. Enjoy.

Other famous #95s in UGA history: DT Bill Goldberg


Bop said...

He's a beast. As good as it gets on and off the field representing Georgia. Here's hoping he is the best DT in football this season.

dean said...

Here's to hoping he doesn't miss a beat in '09. We're going to need him early and often.