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2022 NFL Prospect Interview: Rico Owens II, RB, Delta State

Rico Owens returns as the leading rusher for the Delta State Statesmen this upcoming fall. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Rico Owens II
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Position: RB
  • College: Delta State University
  • Twitter: ricoowens_
  • Instagram: ricoowens_1

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
My major is Health Physical Education Recreation with a minor in Coaching. I am a member  of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. I participated in the bachelor of science leadership and research program.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My best quality would be how humbled I am. I am a selfless teammate.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I see myself as the game changer I can make anything happen at any moment.

I’m an every down back, I can pass protect, catch and get downhill run between tackles  and make defenders miss in the open field.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Chauncy Hayes. He’s a defensive end from North Greenville University.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Marvin Terry. He’s a different breed and one of the best linebackers I’ve ever played with. He’s quick and can drop into coverage.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
When I was a freshman at Copiah Lincoln Community College, I had to overcome being hours away from home, adjusting to the adult lifestyle and being more responsible. The environment was different, mostly just trees and back roads. Once I got comfortable I was fine. Juco life is not for the weak. You have to be mentally prepared.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Baseball. I played it growing up. I was pretty good. I played shortstop and centerfield.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of being a college athlete. My biggest achievement would be winning the major of the year award finishing my spring semester with a 3.8 gpa.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
The most memorable play of my collegiate career was against Shorter University. I ran a 90 yard touchdown. It was the longest touchdown in Delta State history since 1995.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
My favorite athlete is Alvin Kamara. I model my game after him. He’s very elusive and patient.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
My favorite music artist is Big Yavo. I usually listen to gospel music before a game.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Chicken Alfredo

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV show is Martin.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time I go to the track, watch races, workout in the gym and help train others for a healthy lifestyle.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play football because I’ve been playing since I was 6. The game of football is very competitive and I love to compete. The game of football has taught me many life lessons and helped me build lifetime friendships.

I motivate myself the most, there’s nothing better than self motivation and believing in yourself. Yet, knowing anything is possible motivates me the most along with my family.

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