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Lamar Owens begins his fourth season as coach of the A-Backs and his sixth season on the Georgia Tech coaching staff.
Owens has developed a number of A-backs into dependable ball-carriers and receivers. Former Yellow Jacket Orwin Smith rushed for 1,839 yards under Owens, and his average of 9.3 yards per carry is the highest ever for an Atlantic Coast Conference running back with at least 1,000 career yards.
Owens also coached 1,000-yard rushers Roddy Jones and Embry Peeples. Under Owens, Tech senior Robert Godhigh has developed from a walk-on into a starter and a big-play threat. Godhigh led the team last season in touchdown receptions.
Last season Georgia Tech ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense -- the fifth consecutive season the Yellow Jackets have ranked in the top four nationally in rushing offense. Tech set school records for rushing yards and total offense yards while averaging a school-record 40.0 points per game in conference play.
In 2011, Smith, Peeples and Jones combined for more than 1,500 rushing yards and nearly 600 receiving yards. Smith averaged 10.2 yards per carry and Tech broke an NCAA single-game record with an average of 12.1 yards per offensive play against Kansas.
The A-backs played a significant role in Georgia Tech leading the ACC in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense in 2011.
In 2010, Owens' group of young A-backs combined for 11 touchdowns -- nine via rushing and two by receiving. As a team, the Yellow Jackets led the nation in rushing for the first time in school history.
Owens, who played for Paul Johnson at the U.S. Naval Academy, followed Johnson to Georgia Tech in 2008.
Prior to being named a full-time assistant coach, Owens spent the previous two seasons (2008 and 2009) as a staff assistant. He served in the role of Offensive Quality Control Coach in 2008 and he held the position of Offensive Graduate Assistant the following year. In each of Owens' first two seasons on the Flats, the Yellow Jackets led the ACC in total offense while ranking in the top five nationally in rushing offense.
In 2009, Owens worked with the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks, including Joshua Nesbitt, Jaybo Shaw and Tevin Washington. The 2009 season saw Nesbitt rush for 1,037 yards and 18 touchdowns. Nesbitt also accumulated 1,701 yards through the air with 10 touchdowns while leading the Yellow Jackets to an ACC Championship Game and a BCS bowl game. Capping of a record-setting year, Nesbitt was honored as the 2009 ACC first team quarterback.
As a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, Owens was responsible for the breakdown of opponent game film, compiling scouting reports and preparing game plans. He also coordinated defensive and special teams scout teams and had an active role in on-campus recruiting visits.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Owens graduated from Benedictine Military School in 2002 before moving on to the Naval Academy. After completing his football career, Owens enrolled in the University of Maryland in the fall of 2007 and graduated in May of 2008.
In 2005, Owens directed a Navy offense that averaged 34.2 points and a nation's best 319.3 yards per game on the ground as the Midshipmen went 8-4, won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and won a bowl game in consecutive years (beat Colorado State, 51-30) for the first time in school history. Owens was named All-East as he rushed for 880 yards and threw for 1,229 yards, breaking four school records for total offense and passing yards per attempt and completion.
Owens is married to the former Lindsey Vincent.