Wide receiver Thomas Owens is returning for his second season with the Pirates. Back in 2019 he was voted NAL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Owens appeared in eleven games for the Pirates in ‘19 and hauled in 59 passes for 577 receiving yards, scoring 10 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 10 yards per reception and over 50 yards per game. The super-talented Owens also ran the ball three times and returned 3 kickoffs, one all the way back for a touchdown. His best performance of the season came against Columbus when he grabbed 8 receptions for 110 yards. In the Pirates playoff game against Carolina, Owens also shined, catching 5 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. With a spectacular rookie season behind him, Owens is ready for 2021.
As a senior at Florida International University in 2017, Owens had his best college season. He caught 59 passes for 887 receiving yards and scored 6 touchdowns. Owens led Conference USA in receiving yards per game and at one point posted four consecutive games of 100 yards receiving. Owens’ performance in 2017 was good enough for him to earn All-Conference USA First-Team honors. The following spring Owens was invited to the Seattle Seahawks minicamp before signing with the Pirates.
In 2016, Owen’s junior year as a Panther, he appeared in 12 games. He caught 47 passes for over 650 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. Owens also returned 11 kickoffs, gaining 137 yards for an average of 12.5 yards. He had three multi-touchdown games and fell one shy of tying the school’s single season record of 8. Against Charlotte, Owens recorded a career-high 148 yards receiving on 11 receptions. His performance in ‘16 resulted in an All-Conference USA Honorable Mention selection.
In 2015 Owens started in all 12 games for the Panthers. He made 51 catches for a team-high 638 receiving yards and 8 scores. Owens set the school record for consecutive games scoring a touchdown with 6. His 8 total touchdowns was not only an FIU record, it ranked him 37th in the nation. Owens also notched his longest career reception, 75 yards, in a game against Indiana. Owens made his college debut as a freshman in 2014 in a game against Louisville. Back in his high school days, Owens also played quarterback as well as safety.