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Lamar Owens is in his 10th season overall at Georgia Tech and his eighth season as A-backs coach. He added special teams coordinator to his responsibilities in 2016.
Under Owens’ tutelage last season, Georgia Tech A-backs Clinton Lynch, Qua Searcy and J.J. Green amassed 1,555 yards from scrimmage (842 rushing, 713 receiving) on just 137 touches (108 rushes, 29 receptions) — good for
Lynch was especially impressive, leading Georgia Tech in both yards per reception (30.6) and yards per rush (11.2) and establishing himself as one of the nation’s top dual-threat backs as a sophomore. Searcy, also just a sophomore in 2016, turned in two of the Yellow Jackets’ biggest plays of the season — a 22-yard reception on fourth-and-19 with less than three minutes to go that extended what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown drive in a 17-14 win over Boston College in the season opener and a six-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left on the clock that provided the winning points in a 28-27 triumph over archrival Georgia in the regular-season finale.
In Owens’ first season overseeing Georgia Tech’s special teams, the Jackets led the ACC in field-goal percentage (.882) and PAT percentage (1.000) behind place kicker Harrison Butker, who was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Green returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown at Pittsburgh, good for the Jackets’ first kick return for a score in four years.
During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Owens has developed several slot backs into dynamic ball-carriers and receivers.
With another big year, Tech’s current corps of A-backs could challenge the Jackets’ 2014 A-backs as the most prolific unit of Owens’ tenure. The senior-laden group of B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill, Charles Perkins and Tony Zenon combined for more than 2,100 yards and 14 touchdowns during the road to the ACC Coastal Division and Orange Bowl championships in ‘14.
In addition to his current group of Lynch, Searcy and Green, Owens’ most notable pupils include Robert Godhigh — who led the Yellow Jackets in touchdown receptions in 2012 and 2013 and became the only player in Tech history with 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game when he totaled 126 yards on the ground and 105 yards through the air against Clemson on Nov. 14, 2012 — and Orwin Smith — who set an ACC record with a career average of 9.3 yards per rush from 2009-12 (Godhigh’s 9.1-yard career average ranks second in ACC history among rushers with at least 1,000 career yards). Owens also coached Embry Peeples and Roddy Jones — a pair of 1,000-yard career rushers — for their final two seasons at Tech (2010 and 2011).
Owens came to The Flats in 2008 and served two seasons as a staff assistant before moving into his current role as an assistant coach.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Maryland in 2008 after completing his football career as a quarterback at the U.S. Naval Academy under head coach Paul Johnson.
In 2005, Owens directed a Navy offense that averaged 34.2 points and
A native of Savannah, Ga., Owens is married to the former Lindsey Vincent. He holds a Lean Six Sigma black belt and has used the techniques and tools for process improvement asserted by Six Sigma doctrine to analyze and improve recruiting processes.
|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-present||Georgia Tech||Slot backs / Special Teams Coordinator|