Joey Owens: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Joey Owens
School: Rockford University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Goals I set for myself in my final season was to make all conference and become a record holder at my school. I broke not only every career record at my school, but also broke the NACC single season receiving yards record.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I think I used the extra year to my advantage in a big way. Over that one year I would say I grew and matured as a player drastically. I became a big student of the game and tried to hone every skill possible.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say I’m the type of player that you can count on to make a big play when you need one or a spark for your offense and that I am very passionate about the game of football.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
While I do film study, things I focus on to improve my game is I look at defenders tendencies and how they like to play in certain coverages. Also I watch myself and try to see what I can do different week to week so the defense doesn’t know what’s coming
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
Something I know that separates myself from the other prospects is that I am coming from D3 school, so I have a lot more to prove to scouts that I can play with anybody of any level and I take it personal. I feel like I can play with anybody and that takes a lot of courage to say.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
This off-season is going to be very important to my future, with this being a transitional point from college to the pros I will need to not only improve physically, but mentally as well in all other aspects I will not only get stronger and faster, but also become a smarter player on the field.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Abilities that I bring to any team I join is that you can line me wherever you need me. I can line up outside, in the slot, on the hip, wherever necessary. Additionally to that, I can run almost any route in the route tree, I can go vertical, and take a 5 yard hitch to the house. Very versatile. I’m also a very good people person and develop connections very quickly on and off the field.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch to any scouts would be I am a very humble kid who is hungry. I have been waiting very patient for any opportunities that present themselves and I hope to get one very soon. I will not disappoint.