May 30, 2008

Coach's Corner featuring Jonathan Owens

Who can tell you more about who you will be cheering for in the coming years better than the prospect's head coach? We put together a short question and answer segment asking the coaches questions about their former star recruits and future Georgia Bulldogs. The prospect featured in this edition of the Coach's Corner is offensive lineman Jonathan Owens out of Blountsville (Ala.).

Susan Moore Head Coach Bryan Jennings took the time to answer the following questions about Owens.

Tell us about Owens' play last fall.

"Jonathan has always been a great player for us and he started here since he was in ninth grade. Last year was not a let down for him at all - he had a little minor injury at the beginning of the year, but when he came back he came back just as strong as he ever was. He has good strength and very good feet. He has the best of any lineman I have ever coached."

"Jonathan has always done his job and he has tried to help do somebody elses a lot of times too. He was a good player for us and we could always depend on him to be doing what he was supposed to be doing."

How has he improved while you have been coaching him?

"When Jonathan came up as a ninth grader, he was a little immature. We started him early, so he is going to be immature, but he has really matured over the last couple of years. He has really taken onto the role of getting his job done, he has really been a hard worker, and he now understands how serious it is to perform well every play. He did not know that earlier. I think that is where he has improved the most. He now does his job every play."

Tell us about him off the field when football isn't involved.

"He is just a good ole country guy off the field. He likes to go fishing, camping, and things like that. He is a real good young man that is a Christian. He goes to church on Sundays, he stays out of trouble, and he is someone anyone can invite home to have dinner with the family. Jonathan is one of those guys you wouldn't mind taking home with you at any time."

How hard will it be to replace him next year?

"You can't ever replace a player of his caliber. It is not just the play on the field, but the leadership role he had in our program. He had experience, he had leadership, and those things are not replaceable. It is going to be a great challenge for us to get someone ready to fill his shoes next year."

How excited should the Georgia fans be about Owens?

"Of course we are biased because I have coached him since he got to the high school, but I think they are getting a good one at Georgia. It is like Friday Night Lights here because the town shuts town and the town is all about football, so Jonathan is used to being in the spotlight. Football is everything here and he loves the game, he wants to play the game, he wants to get better everyday, and he is excited about being a Bulldog. I think he will be an asset to Georgia's program because of those things."

NOTE: Owens will be wearing #67 at UGA like former UGA OL signee from Alabama Chester Adams.

Here is a list of all links to the UGASports Coach's Corner.

Coach's Corner featuring Dontavius Jackson
Coach's Corner featuring DeAngelo Tyson
Coach's Corner featuring Tavarres King
Coach's Corner featuring Richard Samuel
Coach's Corner featuring A.J. Harmon
Coach's Corner featuring Christian Robinson
Coach's Corner featuring A.J. Green
Coach's Corner featuring Brandon Boykin
Coach's Corner featuring Bacarri Rambo

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