Thursday Dec. 18, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. – The 16th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs held a pair of practices Thursday, but the big news came from senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens who announced he would be returning to UGA in 2009.
A preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection and one of the team’s most popular players, Owens saw his year end in the first quarter of the season opener due to a knee injury. Owens, a 6-3, 298-pound native of Sunrise, Fla., tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Georgia Southern. He has seen action in 39 games in his Bulldog career and has a redshirt season available. He contemplated entering the NFL draft this year.
“I love college and I’m glad to be here, and one more year is not going to hurt me,” said Owens. “I’ve got an opportunity to play here next year, and this is a great university. I can’t leave after losing to Georgia Tech. We’ve got to get revenge on that. I’m looking forward to having a big senior year. This year, I played one quarter. If I came out now, maybe I don’t get picked or I do and then get cut, and I wasted one college year. You never know. I’m happy to be here, and I know it’s a blessing to play at this fine institution.”
Georgia head coach Mark Richt along with assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rodney Garner said they were excited about Owens decision.