Owens goin out in style

With just a few games left in his college career, redshirt senior Rod Owens is starting to produce the way his teammates and coaches knew he could all along. Being the only healthy senior of the wide receivers right now, Owens has put it upon himself to step up and lead the unit in his final season as a Seminole.

With less than 20 minutes left on the game clock in Chapel Hill last Thursday night, the Seminoles trailed the Tar Heels by the score of 24-13. To make matters worse, the 'Noles were backed up on to their own two yard line following yet another Florida State penalty.

Sports writers everywhere were finishing up their "Florida State the new Duke; drops to 0-4 in ACC" stories and Seminole fans everywhere had turned off their television sets.

Then, Jimbo Fisher trusted his quarterback to do what most coaches refuse to do in that situation; throw the ball out of their own endzone. It ended up being the turning point of the game, and possibly Florida State's season.

Quarterback Christian Ponder took the snap from shotgun, stepped back and let the ball fly downfield to an open Rod Owens. Owens then showed his awareness as he high stepped to break a Charles Brown attempted tackle and took the ball the rest of the 98 yards for the Seminole touchdown bringing the Tribe within three points.


Rod Owens on the receiving end of a 98 yard touchdown.

As that play was called, Owens remembered back to the previous week, and the guidance of a fellow receiver which helped him put his name into the Florida State record books.

"I actually ran that route and made a mistake on it last week," Owens said. "Then Richard Goodman told me I made my move too early so that's what I was self-conscious about while I was out there running the route this time."

In addition to the help of Goodman, Owens also had another advantage working in his favor. Something that you probably wouldn't expect.

"Actually, I looking at the screen after I caught the ball," the Jacksonville native said. "Once I caught the ball, I said ‘dang, he's still up,' because I was looking at the screen as soon as I caught it and saw it and I was like ‘I better try to jump,' because I know he gonna try to go for my legs." That's right. Owens used the jumbotron at Kenan Memorial Stadium to assist in making the biggest play of Florida State's season so far. Playing on the road was supposed to hinder the Tribe's chances of earning their first conference win, but Owens found it helpful for that one play.

"When I play, I try to use anything to my advantage," Owens said. "And that screen was shown to my advantage."

In his senior season, Owens knows that his time is limited and he is doing his best to help the team while he can.

"I just want to give it all I have for the team," Owens said. "I feel like I owe it all to this team for sticking by me."

After slipping up during the offseason, Owens has done a great job of getting himself back together and it back to having fun doing what he loves. Playing football for Florida State.

"I just play hard and enjoy what I do," said Owens. "It you're not having fun doing what you do, it doesn't make any sense to do it. So that's what we want to do as a unit and for me personally."

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