It’s been a short but sweet offseason for Wren quarterback Gavin Owens.
As a freshman last season, Owens had 2,100 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. His impression sparked an influx of interest from recruiters and he enjoyed his time visiting some high-profile campuses.
But Owens is far from satisfied.
“It was a great experience,” Owens said of his college visits. “After the season I finished with 2,100 yards, I think I had a good first year. But (there are) a lot more things I can accomplish.
On the first day of Spring Prom, Owens was eager to get back with his team. Completely immersed in the practice, he was active and attentive, even when not taking pictures.
Being an underclass doesn’t stop Owens from stepping in. He is a natural leader, well aware that his job is not just to pass the ball; it’s about leading an entire unit.
“You know, I’m the quarterback, so I have to lead the team,” Owens said. “Lead us to victories, I have to do all I can do.”
“He understands this position requires you to be the leader because he has to make a lot of calls, he has to be a communicator,” Wren’s coach Jeff Tate said. “And he has to be right in his communication, and sometimes he has to change bad calls that his coach makes, he has to do it right.”
Owens will be trusted to make his own audibles at the line of scrimmage, a rare privilege given to high school quarterbacks and perhaps even rarer for an underclassman.
But it just shows the trust Owens has earned from his coaches.
The better Owens gets, the more control he will have on offense. And it all comes down to experience. Eventually, he should have the same freedom his older brother Joe Owens and former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant had when they led Wren’s offense.
“The biggest thing is this, Gavin is much more competent,” Tate said. “Therefore, the game will slow down for him and he will feel more comfortable. It goes without saying that he has a lot of capacity. He will continue to work and improve, but this performance on the pitch must be constant. And for that to happen, you have to start (in training). »
Tate compared Owens’ growth as a quarterback to riding a bike. When you start riding you will take bumps and bruises. But after enough experience, you understand how balancing and rolling becomes natural.
The reason Tate is so convinced of Owens’ genius is simple. The kid wants it, badly.
“He’ll be fine with it because he loves it,” Tate said. “He’s going to work; he is going to study.
Owens is becoming one of the most touted athletes in the state. He’s had offers from the University of Louisville, Florida A&M, Kentucky, and Marshall so far, and plenty more are expected to pile up.
Joshua Miller covers high school sports for The Anderson Independent-Mail. Have questions, story ideas, scores, and stats about high school athletics? Send them to his email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter: @NameIsJoshua