Former Illinois edge rusher records sack in NFL debut
Former Illinois edge rusher Owen Carney Jr. is among the players looking to use the preseason to secure a potential roster spot with the Miami Dolphins. Carney accounted for 2 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hit in Miami’s first preseason game as they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-24 on Saturday.
Carney got his first sack in his NFL career with 5:20 minutes left in the game versus Tampa Bay.
First preseason game, first sack for @GIFTEDOWEN. #FamILLy pic.twitter.com/4eCxEhEN6i
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) August 14, 2022
Carney is listed as the third-string defensive end for Miami for the upcoming 2022 season. He is a player that can provide depth at the defensive end and the defensive tackle position.
In his 5 seasons at Illinois, Carney accumulated 112 total tackles, 51 solo tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. This past season, Carney accounted for 44 total tackles, 19 solo tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks.