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56 Daryl Owens
  • Linebacker
  • 5-10, 218
  • Senior
  • Jackson, MS (Provine MS)

Career A redshirt senior...Played in 41 regular season games with six starts for 796 plays and also played in the 1998 Citrus Bowl, 1999 Orange Bowl, 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl...49 career tackles and 12 "Big Plays" (four TBL (-9), one forced fumble, five pass deflections and two forced quarterback hurries)

2000 Season A redshirt senior who was the top backup at weakside linebacker...Played in all 12 games with three starts (Ball State, Tennessee, Mississippi State) and has been in on 322 plays...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...38 total tackles with one "Big Play" (pass deflection) ...38 tackles tied for 11th on the team and tied for third best for a linebacker...Led team with 10 tackles versus Ball State...Received the defensive unit's Fifth-Year Award at the conclusion of spring drills

1999 Season A backup to Andra Davis at middle linebacker who also sees action on special teams... Played in seven of 12 games (missed UCF game with a concussion and Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State with an ankle injury) with one start (Auburn) for 113 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... Two tackles (one solo) on the season and three "Big Plays" (one forced hurry and two pass deflections) as well as five special teams tackles... Five special teams tackles tied for seventh on the team... Participated in 22 plays in season opener vs. Western Michigan before suffering a concussion... One tackle and three "Big Plays" (forced hurry and two pass deflections) in first start of season vs. Auburn... Received the defensive unit's Most Persistent Award during spring.

1998 Season Played in each of UF's 11 regular season games for 127 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... A backup at weakside linebacker and also a member of UF's special teams... One pass deflection and one special teams tackle... Was named a co-recipient during spring of the defensive unit's Best Effort Award.

1997 Season Played in nine of 11 games (all but South Carolina and Florida State with shoulder injury) with one start (Georgia) for 204 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... Averaged 22.7 plays per game... Was a top backup at weakside linebacker who also played with the special teams... Nine tackles and seven "Big Plays" (four TTFL (-9), one FH, one PD and one FF), as well as four special teams tackles... Three tackles, one FH and two TBL (-5) vs. Central Michigan... Two tackles, one TBL (-3) and one FF vs. Arkansas... Made first career start vs. Georgia due to illness to Rutledge and made four tackles, one TBL (-1) and one pass deflection in career-high 71 plays.

1996 Season Saw action in 30 plays in the first two games against SW Louisiana and Georgia Southern before injuring his shoulder... Missed the rest of the season and was redshirted... Had three tackles and one forced quarterback hurry vs. Georgia Southern.

Prep Considered among the nation's top linebackers in 1995... A second-team USA Today All-American selection... Named to Bluechips Illustrated, as well as SuperPrep All-America Teams... Ranked among the nation's top 15 linebackers by SuperPrep... National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the nation's top 10 prospects at the weakside linebacker position... Tampa Tribune ranked him among the top 20 players in the nation... A four-year starter at Jackson Provine High School, who compiled 185 tackles alone in 1995 with six sacks, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts... 186 tackles most in school history... A two-time first-team All-State selection, as well as a two-time Jackson Metro Player of the Year recipient... The first player to ever repeat as Metro Player of the Year... Team captain his senior season... High school coach was Stan Blackmon... Also visited Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Personal Born Daryl Tremayne Owens on November 2, 1976 in Jackson, Mississippi... Parents: McKinley and Paulette Owens... Favorite musician is Luther Vandross... Favorite music is gospel... Major: Sociology.

1997 6-3 9 4 (-9) 1 1 0 1
1998 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1999 1-1 2 0 1 0 0 2
2000 24-14 38 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 31-18 49 4 (-9) 2 1 0 5
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