Owens enjoys career game in first start
October 8, 2001

Lost among the many bright spots coming out of Tech's 35-0 win over West Virginia was the play of offensive guard Luke Owens, who made his first career start. Owens, a redshirt junior from Grundy, Va., started in place of Jake Grove, who missed most of practice the week leading up to the WVU game with a broken hand.

Owens graded out at 90 percent for the game and finished with a team-high 11 knockdowns. That represents the most knockdowns by a Tech offensive lineman this season, surpassing the 10 registered by Grove in a game earlier this season.

"I thought he did a heckuva job," offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring said. "We had about seven plays that called for him to make a cut block and he got it done and he also had four pancakes, including a couple where he ran down the field to make them. He did very well."

Owens, who played 61 snaps, earned one of the team honors handed out by head coach Frank Beamer on Mondays after games for his work. Stinespring now must decide whether to start Owens against BC.

"I think he's earned himself a starting spot," he said. "He'll be in the mix somewhere."