University of Toledo junior quarterback, Terrance Owens, led the Rockets (1-1) to a 34-31 win against the Wyoming Cowboys (1-1), Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Cleveland native made his 2012 starting debut and showed off his left arm and the athleticism that Padres’ scouts raved about when they selected the Rockets’ quarterback with their final pick of the 2012 MLB draft (40th round).
Owens sliced up a shoddy Cowboys’ defense throwing for 300 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
T.O. showed prowess on several plays by tucking and running with the ball when a receiver was covered. He did not try to force a throw that would have potentially caused an interception. Owens ran the ball 14 times for 81 yards.
The only mishap for Owens came in the second drive of the game, Owens found a wide open Bernard Reedy on the play but overthrew him.
Nonetheless, Owens was very impressive.
“T.O. looks sharp, real sharp,” color analyst Andy Boyd said on WSPD.
Owens has limited baseball experience but the Padres drafted him solely on his athletic ability.
Right now the quarterback is committed to football, but Owens agreed to terms on a contract with the Padres. The contract agreement states that the Padres control Owens’ rights for the next 6 ½ years, so if and when Owens decides to give baseball a shot, he will be a member of the organization. The Padres drafted Owens as a pitcher.
Rockets head coach Matt Campbell named Austin Dantin the Rockets’ starting quarterback to open the season, but vowed to play the hot hand between Dantin and Owens.
The way things look Owens may have the hotter hand from here and out.
Let’s be honest, if this kid keeps up this pace he could have a future in the NFL, but if that plan fails, then baseball will be there waiting. Either way the 6’4,” 195-pound athlete has a bright future.