Irish starter at tight end as a senior ... a great blocker who impressed NFL scouts with his wide body ... was a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions despite making only five catches all season ... was invited to the Gridiron Rotary Classic ... could also play defensive end ... a tremendous athlete who is also a good basketball player ... played for the legendary Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School in Washington DC.
AS A SENIOR: Irish starter at tight end in 2001 after converting from defensive end in 2000 ... recorded his first career reception vs. Texas A&M, a nine-yard catch ... made a nine-yard catch vs. West Virginia on a key third-and-nine situation ... made first touchdown reception of his career, a five-yard catch, vs. Boston College ... recorded career-high two catches for 40 yards vs. Tennessee ... recorded reception for 16 yards vs. Navy.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish backup at right defensive end in 2000 after playing tight end his first two seasons ... appeared on special teams in each game, making 61 regular-season appearances, then one more in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State ... made first career defensive appearance against Nebraska and played on defense in final 10 regular-season games ... saw action at both at tight end and at defensive end vs. Navy ... made career-high four tackles vs. West Virginia, including a sack and another for loss ... had two solo stops vs. Boston College.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in nine games in '99 as reserve at tight end ... missed Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State games with torn calf muscle ... made 43 special team appearances ... saw action at tight end vs. Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, USC and Stanford.
AS A FRESHMAN: Won a monogram after playing in each of last 11 games in '98 as reserve tight end, including vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl ... worked as number-three tight end, though he did not catch a pass ... made 43 regular-season appearances with Irish special teams, then five more in Gator Bowl, working with punt team ... saw action at tight end vs. Michigan State, Purdue, Stanford, Baylor and Navy ... recovered a fumble on punt vs. Navy ... only game in which he did not play was Michigan opener.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 95th best prep player nationally by The Sporting News and 99th best player by Chicago Sun-Times ... USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ... earned three letters in football as tight end and defensive end at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. ... three-year starter at tight end and only player on team to start on both offense and defense in '97 ... caught 25 passes for 221 yards and six touchdowns as senior in '97 ... had eight sacks and caused five fumbles as defensive end while making 110 tackles ... helped DeMatha to Washington, D.C., Catholic Athletic Conference runner-up slot in '97 ... caught 34 passes for 238 yards and six TDs as junior ... helped team to combined 27-6 record in three seasons, including 11-1 in '97 ... captain of team as senior ... two-time all-conference and Washington Post all-metro selection .. selected for Chesapeake Classic that matches football standouts from Maryland and Virginia ... three-year starter in basketball and an all-league pick as senior ... averaged 12.7 points in basketball as senior to go with 13.9 rebounds ... helped team to three-year record of 92-13 in basketball ... captain of basketball team as senior ... from high school that produced former Notre Dame football players Andre Jones (1987-90) and John Taliaferro (1991-92) and Irish basketball standouts Adrian Dantley, Bob Whitmore and Sid Catlett ... played at DeMatha for coach Bill McGregor, whose daughter Christine was senior at Notre Dame in 1999-2000 ... full name is John Wesley Owens ... older of two children ... born 1-10-80 in Washington, D.C. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with major in management information systems.
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