Former University of Maine football standout Montell Owens, who plays for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, has been named to the AFC roster for the Pro Bowl as the conference’s special teams player.
Owens, the first alternate for the AFC Pro Bowl team last season, led the Jaguars with 18 special-teams tackles, making at least one in 12 of his team’s 15 games.
Last season, Owens set the Jaguars’ franchise record with 30 special-teams tackles and is currently one shy of the career mark with 93 special-teams stops in 77 games.
Owens played with Maine from 2002-05, and helped lead the team to the 2002 Atlantic 10 conference championship. He compiled 1,038 rushing yards in 38 games, and was honored as the Black Bears’ Jack Butterfield Outstanding Offensive Player Award after his senior year in which he rushed for 779 yards.