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Miami Football 2015 Player Profile: Darrion Owens

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Darrion Owens

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:

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.

Stay tuned for more player profiles from SOTU as we count down to kick off.