It never stops with Alabama. After an unbelievable haul of interior line talent last cycle they have kept it going with more additions this year like Lamar High’s (Arlington, Texas) Chris Owens.
He has the kind of athleticism offensive line coaches dream of working with in an NFL frame. He’s another terrific pickup for the Tide that will ensure they don’t stop running the ball well any time soon.
Owens is a great athlete for his size and moves extremely well. He has good enough feet to play the tackle position and has the length for it too. He has gotten bigger since the end of his junior season, but still has quite a bit of developing to do physically. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play at 320 plus quite comfortably at Alabama.
I love the way Owens moves for a big man. He shows great feet and reaches on the edge with ease and gets to the second level better than just about any lineman at the high school level regardless of size. When you factor in size into it though, it’s truly impressive. The way he gets down the field on screens, locates, then fits his block is outstanding.
He works to finish and has some nasty where he will put a defender on his ass if he gets the chance. He would probably be able to do that a lot more if he kept his pad level down all the time, but it has more to do with his lack of power. He doesn’t get that hip snap on contact because his strength hasn’t quite caught up to his size yet. When it does, look out.
He has all of the tools to be a dominant player in pass protection, but has some things he needs to improve on at the next level. He will sometimes cross his feet when he faces speed to his outside or will get his feet to close together and be unbalanced. It’s a bad habit that he needs to fix. He will use his length well, but needs to improve his timing of his punch and not overextend as well. When he doesn’t, he can pretty much lock out a pass rusher with no issue.
I think he could play right tackle or guard in the Tide’s scheme. He’s athletic to be effective in just about any role they require of him for their offense.
Owens has the potential to be an outstanding player at the next level. I think he could develop into an all-SEC player at guard for the Tide or a solid starter at right tackle. The only issue is that he will have to battle so many other top players to see the field. I imagine that he’ll find a way though and will likely start for Alabama for multiple seasons.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).