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Lamar Owens is in his seventh season as coach of the slot backs and his ninth season on the Georgia Tech coaching staff. He added duties as special teams coordinator in 2016.
During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Owens has developed a number of slot backs into dependable ball-carriers and receivers. During the 2015 season, Owens developed six slot backs with minimal game experience, including four freshmen, into dependable ball-carriers and receivers. Georgia Tech led the ACC in rushing for an eighth consecutive season.
In 2014, Owens coached a senior-laden group of dynamic slot backs who set the standard for selflessness. Seniors B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill, Charles Perkins and Tony Zenon helped spark an offense that led the conference in 12 statistical categories and led the nation in 3 statistical categories. The slot backs combined for more than 2,100 yards and 14 touchdowns during the road to the ACC Coastal Division and Orange Bowl championships.
In 2013, Owens developed Robert Godhigh into a big-play threat. Godhigh led the Yellow Jackets in touchdown receptions during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Despite playing the first five games of the 2013 season in a cast, Godhigh led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,215 yards. On November 14, 2013, Godhigh became the only Georgia Tech player to ever rush for over 100 yards and receive for over 100 yards in a single game when he accumulated 126 rushing yards and 105 receiving yards against Clemson. His 9.1 yards per carry during his career is the second-best in ACC history, behind former teammate Orwin Smith.
In 2012, Smith completed his career on the Flats leaving his mark on the ACC record books with an average of 9.3 yards per carry, more yards per carry than any running back with at least 1,000 career yards.
The Yellow Jackets finished the 2012 season ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense - the fifth consecutive season they were ranked in the top five 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, the slot backs played a significant role in Georgia Tech leading the ACC in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense. Both Embry Peeples and Roddy Jones finished their careers as 1000-yard rushers.
In 2010, Owens’ group of young slot 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 spent the previous two seasons (2008-09) as a staff assistant.
Owens graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Maryland, in May 2008 after completing his football career at the U.S. Naval Academy under head coach Paul Johnson. In 2005, as the quarterback, 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. A native of Savannah, Ga., Owens is married to the former Lindsey Vincent.
|THE LAMAR OWENS FILE|
|Alma Mater||Maryland, 2008|
|2002-05||U.S. Naval Academy (quarterback)|
|2008-09||Georgia Tech||Staff Assistant|
|2010-15||Georgia Tech||Slot backs|
|2016-||Georgia Tech||Slot backs / Special Teams Coordinator|