Is expected to take over the starting duties at right guard in 2002 ... Rated the No. 23 guard in the Division I-A ranks by The Sporting News ... Came on strong midway through last season to become a productive lineman ... Got his first start against West Virginia and never let go of the position ... Started seven games at left guard and one on the right side ... Ranked second on the team in knockdown blocks ... Also contributes on special teams ... Combines excellent balance with toughness and a good knowledge of the Tech system ... Has battled a series of injuries during his career but managed to stay healthy last fall, which was a big key ... Had a great spring practice but did not play in the Maroon-White game ... Was picked second-team on the All-BIG EAST team named by The Sporting News ... Will be counted on for good senior leadership along the offensive front ... 2001: Played in all 12 games, starting eight ... Averaged 46.5 snaps per game on offense and 6.2 on special teams ... Ended up playing 511 offensive plays and 579 altogether ... Graded out at 81.0 percent for the year with 37 knockdown blocks, second on the team ... Saw action on 20 offensive snaps and 10 on special teams versus Connecticut ... Graded 87 percent and had three knockdown blocks at Rutgers ... Played 47 total plays, 37 on offense, against UCF ... Earned his first career start against West Virginia ... Started that game at right guard and posted 11 knockdowns and a grade of 90 percent ... Moved over to start at left guard against Boston College ... Had four knockdowns on 72 total plays against the Eagles ... Played all 68 offensive snaps as the starter against Syracuse and collected six knockdown blocks ... Graded out at 85 percent on 74 snaps at Virginia ... Had a team-high six knockdown blocks against No. 1 Miami ... Bench pressed 380 pounds during spring testing ... Underwent off-season elbow surgery ... Moved to right guard for spring practice ... 2000: Got playing time at guard in 10 of 11 games ... Worked a season-high 26 offensive snaps in the Rutgers game ... Also had seven special teams plays against the Scarlet Knights ... Played 18 downs at guard at Miami ... Started every game as a member of the extra point and field goal units ... Saw some action in the Gator Bowl ... Underwent surgery to his right knee after the season and had ankle surgery in March ... Did not participate in spring contact work ... 1999: Was in for 10 offensive plays against James Madison and 12 versus Rutgers ... Also got playing time at guard against Virginia, Syracuse, Miami and Boston College ... Spent most of his time working at right guard ... Moved to the left side the week before the BC game ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the bowl ... Returned to right guard for the bowl game and spring practice ... 1998: Worked at offensive guard while redshirting ... Showed improvement during winter strength and conditioning workouts ... Moved from left guard to right guard for spring practice ... High School: Earned All-America honors as both a football player and a wrestler at Grundy High School ... The No. 1 ranked heavyweight wrestler in the nation as a junior and senior ... A six-time Junior National All-American ... 1997 Junior National Freestyle champion ... Also a PrepStar preseason and postseason A-A lineman in football ... Rated the No. 4 offensive lineman in the ACC Region by that publication ... A first-team Group AA pick on offense by both the coaches and the AP ... Also a second-team defensive pick by the state coaches ... Played along the offensive and defensive lines for Coach Greg Rowe ... Even saw action at linebacker during his career ... Posted over 80 tackles on defense as a senior and added two sacks ... Was in on 111 tackles his junior year and contributed four interceptions and three sacks ... Recorded 15 tackles in a state semifinal game against Salem that season ... Personal: Joshua Luke Owens ... Born 5/12/79 in Pikeville, KY ... Son of Kim Owens and the late Henry Owens ... Studying physical education.