Terique Owens, the son of football legend Terrell Owens, is looking for a fresh start.
Like his father, the younger Owens is a wide receiver hoping to revive his college football career. After two years on the bench at Florida Atlantic, Terique has found a new home, and he’s joining a controversial ex-NFL coach in the process.
Terique Owens is transferring to Missouri State
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Terique Owens is leaving Florida for Missouri.
Owens, who turns 22 on September 25, tweeted that he is transferring to Missouri State, an FCS program. He is eligible to play immediately and has up to three years of eligibility remaining.
After beginning his college football career at Contra Costa College in California, he transferred to Florida Atlantic University in 2019. He played in four games that year and two games in 2020 without ever recording a catch.
Owens, who stands 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 180 pounds, will play for a former NFL head coach for the second time in college. Ex-Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin coached him at FAU in 2019. Bobby Petrino, the former Falcons coach, is entering his second season at Missouri State.
His father, Terrell, is a legendary NFL receiver
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Perhaps the change of scenery will benefit Terique Owens and prepare him for an eventual career in the NFL.
The Owens family knows all about the next level. His father, Terrell, is one of the greatest receivers ever to take the field.
A third-round pick in 1996, Owens totaled 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns in 15 NFL seasons. He played for five teams from 1996 through 2010 and had 54 catches for 751 yards and five touchdowns in 12 career postseason outings.
The six-time Pro Bowl wideout entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, his third year of eligibility. Surprisingly, he was not included on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team despite his prolific numbers and bronze bust.
Owens is coming to Missouri State at the right time
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Barring any unexpected decisions, Owens will play for his third team in four years when the 2021 season begins.
He is joining Petrino’s program at the right time. Missouri State is coming off its best season since going 6-5 in 2009.
The Bears lost three games in the fall of 2020, then returned to the field on February 27 of this year. Missouri State ended the year by winning five of their final six regular-season games and played a postseason game for the first time since 1990. However, their season ended with a loss to North Dakota in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
Football fans may have more incentive to watch FCS football next fall. Owens and Petrino are teaming up at Missouri State. Deion Sanders, another ex-NFL player, is making noise at Jackson State. And don’t forget about former Titans running back Eddie George, who recently took over the Tennessee State football program.