The longest play of the day led to the first of two short touchdown runs.
There are 13 returning starters among more than 80 players suiting up for spring practice.
The Spartans played their best defensive game of the season.
San Jose State aims for a road win against a nationally-ranked opponent.
San Jose State can claim its first sweep of the Nevada schools in a season with a win over UNLV.
The Spartans opened the season losing to Tulsa, 45-10.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his fifth season with the Spartans... Two-season starter in the defensive line... 35 games played with 24 starts... Had a streak of 20 consecutive starts covering the 2016 and 2017 seasons... His 14.5 tackles for loss are the most among returning Spartans for the 2018 season... First San Jose State defensive lineman in at least the last 15 years to increase a total tackle count by +50 between freshman (6) and sophomore (56) seasons... Has played defense and offense during his college career... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February 2014.
2017: Started the 12 games he played during the season... Tied for second on the team with 2.0 quarterback sacks... Sacks came in the opener vs. #19-ranked USF (8/26) and in the season-finale win over Wyoming (11/25)... Matched his single-game career best 2.0 tackles for loss in the Wyoming victory... Finished the season with 36 tackles... Credited with his single-game career high 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Cal Poly win (9/2)... Only player on the 2017 team to force a fumble and recover a fumble in the same game... Also found time to play as a blocking back in short-yardage situations against Cal Poly.
2016: The only Spartan defender to start in all 12 games during the season... One of only two players on the team to start in every game... Led all San Jose State defensive linemen with 56 tackles... One of two Spartan defensive linemen to have at least one tackle in every game... Single-game career best and best game of the season came in the 14-10 win over Nevada (10/22) when he was credited with five tackles, a single-game career best 2.0 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack as the Spartans only allowed two runs of 10 or more yards and none longer than 18 on 34 rushing attempts... Then career-high nine tackles at New Mexico (10/1)... Fourth on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss... One of two Spartans to get credit for a tackle for loss in a team-high eight games... Tied for third on the Spartans with 3.0 quarterback sacks.
2015: A reserve defensive tackle and special teams player... Saw action in 11 games... Most of his playing time was on the special teams' punt cover group... Credited with six tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss for the season... All of his tackles occurred in the Air Force game (9/12).
2014: Finished the season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coach Manuel Douglas) and basketball at Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif. ... The 2013 Los Angeles all-city selection and the Marine League Lineman of the Year... Credited with a team-best 15.0 tackles for loss, 12.0 quarterback sacks and six forced fumbles as a senior... Was an offensive guard primarily his junior season and received second-team all-league honors... Played in the 2014 B2G West Coast Bowl in Redondo Beach, Calif.
MORE ON OWEN: Graduated in May 2018 as a communication studies major... First member of his immediate family to earn a bachelor's degree... Beginning graduate work with the goal of becoming a sports broadcaster... Likes the broadcast work of Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp... He is a native of Los Angeles.