University of Georgia junior defensive tackle Jeff Owens was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week, according to an announcement by the league office on Monday.
Owens, a 6-3, 298-pound native of Sunrise, Fla., led the interior of Georgia¹s defense during the Bulldogs¹ 45-16 win over Western Carolina.
Starting his 15th game for the Bulldogs, Owens registered a career-high five total tackles (all solo) and two tackles for loss (-3 yards). In addition, Owens forced a fumble in the second quarter against the Catamounts.
Owens and the Georgia defense held Western Carolina to only 201 total yards on offense and are No. 15 nationally (No. 2 in the league) in total defense through three games, allowing just 260.3 yards per game. Also, the Bulldogs have allowed only one touchdown in the second half during the 2007 season and are No. 17 in the nation (No. 3 in the league) in scoring defense allowing 15.3 points per game.
The 22nd-ranked Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to face No. 16 Alabama at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 22. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. All Georgia games are broadcast live on the Bulldog Radio Network on AM 750 WSB in Atlanta and on both 106.1 FM and 960 The Ref in Athens. The radio audio also can be heard worldwide on both georgiadogs.com, the official website of UGA Athletics and on XM satellite radio.