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Lamar Owens is in his sixth season as coach of the A-Backs and his eighth season on the Georgia Tech coaching staff.
During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Owens has developed a number of A-backs into dependable ball-carriers and receivers.
In 2014, Owens coached a senior-laden group of dynamic A-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 Yellow Jacket offense led the nation in third-down conversion percentage (57.9 percent), passing yards per completion (17.75 yards), and rushing offense (342.1 yards per game). The A-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 against Clemson when he accumulated 126 rushing yards and 105 receiving yards. His 9.1 yards per carry during his career is the second-best in ACC history, behind former teammate Orwin Smith.
In 2012, A-back Orwin 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. While under Owens, Smith rushed for 1,839 yards.
The Yellow Jackets finished the 2012 season ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense - the fifth consecutive season ranked 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 A-backs played a significant role in Georgia Tech leading the ACC in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense. That year Smith, Embry Peeples and Roddy 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. Both Peeples and Jones finished their careers in 2011 as 1000 yard rushers.
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 spent the previous two seasons (2008-09) as a staff assistant. He served in the role of Offensive Graduate Assistant working with the quarterbacks in 2009 and as the Offensive Quality Control Coach in 2008. 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.
Since 2012, Owens has also served in an auxiliary capacity as the Community Service Coordinator for the Yellow Jackets. Members of the team have participated in 15 projects serving metro Atlanta and accumulated over 500 service hours through Owens’ facilitation.
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.