Owens Has Final Surgery, Hopefully

Outside linebacker Joey Owens of Pleasant Grove High School was one of those in the 2010 class that committed early to play for Coach Mendenhall. He had injury problems during his senior year, and recently he had another surgery that he hopes will be his last.

Joey Owens was a not only a leader for his high school football team, but he was also a two-way starter on a team loaded with Division I talent and expected to compete for a state title. However, Owens was sidelined for most of his senior season due to an injury.

"Yeah, it was tough being out most of the season because of my injury," Owens said. "I was out for most of the year and only played the last couple of games at the end of the season."

Prior to returning to the field towards the end of the season, Owens had surgery to repair his injured shoulder. However, the shoulder never healed correctly and he had to go back under the knife once again in December.

"Right now I'm just taking it one day at a time and doing rehab," Owens said. "I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things right now by trying to get this shoulder healed up. This should be the last surgery I have, well, hopefully. I'm hoping they were able to fix it completely this time so I they don't have to go back in again."

Owens is hoping to heal up soon so he can begin those physical activities that will prepare him for college football.

"I'm not sure exactly when I'll be 100 percent ready to go," he said. "I would guess I'll have to keep rehabbing it for another couple of months. I think after that I should be good to go and can start getting myself back into football shape and things. It will be a lot easier once I graduate from high school and get over there to BYU and start lifting with all the BYU trainers."

Unlike Jake Heaps, Ross Apo and Joshua Quezada, Owens won't be enrolling early at BYU in time for spring camp.

"No, I won't be graduating early," he said. "I'll just graduate at the normal graduating time and then head on down and enroll at BYU in the fall. I'm pretty excited about that."

Owens is LDS but doesn't have definite mission plans at this time.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do right now," Owens said. "I'm still kind of debating on whether to serve a mission or not right now. It's still kind of up in the air right now."

Owens played linebacker and running back for Pleasant Grove High School. His bruising style of play not only made him difficult to bring down, but it also allowed him to punish opponents. Cougar coaches have a preference for what side of the ball Owens will play on while at BYU.

"Well, what the coaches told me was I would be playing outside linebacker at BYU," Owens said. "I'm around 6'3", 205 [pounds] right now, and so I'll need to get some weight up. I've still feel like I'm pretty fast, but it's just been a while since I've been able to work out so my weight has kind of gone down a bit, so I've slimmed down but I feel that I still have my speed."

Owens is teammates with another Cougar prospect in defensive end Joe Kruger, who played defensive end for the Vikings.

"I've talked to him a few times to see what he thinks but he never really says one way or the other," Owens said. "He does a good job at staying pretty neutral about what school he likes more or what he's going to do. It's really hard to tell what he's thinking, but I've talked to him a few times and he never really hints more one way or the other."

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