Sophomore - LB - 6'2 238 - Orange Park, Fl
Appeared n 12 games as a true freshman and chipped in 23 tackles.
Has excellent size, pretty good speed and range, but seemed hesitant (natural for a 1st year player) at times last season on the field.
Nonetheless, has really caught the eye of the coaching staff, particularly Al Golden:
Golden said LBs will be really good this year; "Darrion Owens can be as good as anyone in the league."— Matt Porter (@mattyports) May 7, 2015
And already has his own fan base:
Summary: Along with CB, LB is the position on the field where UM is probably the least deep. First year players may help come August, but for now Owens is going to have to be healthy and productive, because Miami has very little else behind Jermaine Grace, Raphael Kirby, Tyriq McCord, and Juwon Young. Owens could also fill one of the starting OLB spots and allow the smaller Grace to be a situational player. I'd expect Owens to see a lot of action against the run, and leave the pass rushing to McCord and a blitzing Grace. Of course how well Owens does on early downs could dictate how often the Hurricanes D gets the chance to rush the passer. Look for Owens to fill a role on ST as well.
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