Loss Becomes Positive

There are many different ways to look at UM's defensive performances in recent weeks. In some cases, recruits see an opportunity. That's how Plantation's Jeff Owens sees things. "I know they lost and everything but they're still one of the top teams every year," Owens said.

"One loss isn't going to kill 'em. They'll be back and on top before long. I see the defensive line struggling so I'm thinking I can go in there and help out right away."

Owens, 6-1 and 265 pounds, is considered one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state this season. He's been playing like it too.

"We're on a mission to states," he said. "Nobody's been able to block me all year. I told you that would happen. I'm just hungry to win a title. Keeping my intensity up and doing the things I need to do are important right now."

Owens claims offers from all of his current favorites -- UM, Florida State, Oklahoma, and NC State.

"UM's still out on top," he said. "It's close to home, they prepare their guys for the NFL, and they could use some help. Florida State is also close to home and it would be great to play for a coach like Bobby Bowden. NC State is playing a lot of young guys and Oklahoma is just dominating right now."

Owens, who has 45 tackles and 12 sacks this season, plans on taking all of his visits before making a final decision.

"I'll be doing those after the season," he said. "Right now, I'm trying to stay focused on winning a state title."

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