Fans seem to forget that as a true freshman in 2006, McEowen actually saw the field before fellow rookies Phillip Taylor and Abe Koroma. In fact, while he's receiving great press now, Koroma didn't play a snap in '06 because he took a redshirt.
McEowen, as it turns out, redshirted, too, thanks to an ankle injury. The handful of snaps he received against Northwestern were his only action of the year.
It was more bad news in January, when he tore the ACL in his right knee during conditioning. The injury caused him to miss the rest of winter workouts and all of spring practice.
Where does McEowen stand as the preseason approaches and how does he see himself fitting into the defensive tackle mix? We asked him those question and more in the interview below.