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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Garrett Owens, RB, Duquesne University

Garrett Owens
Former Mercyhurst big back Garrett Owens recently transferred to Duquesne and sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Garrett Owens
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 225 lbs
  • Position: RB
  • College: Duquesne University
  • Twitter: @thegarrettowens

What is your major/minor? During your collegiate experience, have you participated in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Mercyhurst University and have started my MBA from Duquesne University. Over the years, I have helped lead a student-athlete bible study on campus which I have really enjoyed. Being able to connect and grow with people was something that I valued greatly.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

The leadership role that I see myself in and continue to strive towards is one that is humble but not passive and quiet but not silent, while always aiming to help my teammates improve when they need it, especially the younger guys. As far as the scheme goes, although running power out of an under center 2 backset will never get old, a spread offense best suits my skill set. As the game plan changes from week to week, being able to make plays with a dual-threat ability in the run and pass game is where I play best.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

Marcus Martin who was at Slippery Rock University playing like a Defensive end when I played against him.

Throughout your career, which one of your teammates has impressed you the most?

The teammate that has impressed me the most is my older brother Rocky Owens who played as a middle linebacker on the team with me for 3 years. His success, grit, toughness, and leadership throughout life as well as on the field has taught me a great deal.

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Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

Parents splitting up isn’t easy for anyone, but one of the things that I learned going through that is that there is good in every situation, good, bad, and ugly.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

Basketball. Love the game, always will.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Out of all of the things that I am proud of, one of them is the blessing to be born and raised in the greatest country in the world. My biggest achievement is getting into the master’s program at Duquesne University and starting my MBA.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

The ball was on the 15 in the green zone, right hash. It was 3rd and 5. I was in the gun on the left side of the quarterback. The H and Z were the number 1 and 2 receivers to my left, the field side. We were running a 3-step snag play where I was scat releasing to the left and about 2 seconds after the ball was snapped the ball came my way, I caught it one-handed, shed a linebacker, then hurdled the safety into the end zone right over the goal line. What made it most memorable is that my family was right in front of me in the stands when I landed it and scored.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

Buffalo Bills. The players that I try and model my game after are Adrian Peterson and Christian McCaffrey.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

Country music is my #1 Genre. Favorite country artist right now is Tyler Childers. My go-to pre-game is Breaking Benjamin.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Traeger Chicken and Jasmine rice with a side of Spinach.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

The Bourne Series.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

I love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, snowmobiling, boating. When it comes to secret talents/hobbies playing music is something I have always been passionate about. I taught myself how to play the guitar years ago and continue to enjoy playing music.

Who or what motivates you the most?

U.S. Navy Seals. The risk and even sacrifice their lives for us to have the freedoms that we do, which gives us the privilege to do the things we love like play football. They push themselves to the highest of limits to become unbreakable and the NEVER QUIT mentality and lifestyle that Seals live out is a great motivation and inspiration.

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