Penn State DE Jayson Oweh announces decision on 2021 NFL Draft
It should be no surprise but Jayson Oweh is declaring for the NFL Draft
The Penn State star was one of the top pass rushers in college football the last two seasons, even if his production was down this year. In 2019 as a redshirt freshman, Oweh had 21 tackles and five sacks. This year, he had 38 total tackles and no sacks as he faced constant double-teams off the edge.
Nonetheless, he still projects as a first round pick given his production a season ago and his measurables.
Following what he called “careful and precise consideration with my family and those closest to me,” the redshirt sophomore defensive end decided that he will be playing on Sundays:
“I want to thank my family for getting me here. Mom, Dad, Natasha, Kaylen and Otega, you guys are the first team I ever had. I also want to thank Blair Academy for changing my life. Coach Saylor and Coach Mantegna, words can’t express what it meant to me that you believed and saw something in me at the age of 16. I haven’t looked back since and I’m forever grateful. To Penn State, thank you to the athletic training, strength and academic staffs. To everyone who has been an integral part of my life, thank you for making my three years here the best in my life.
“In the words of Coach Franklin, ‘In reality, every day you have a choice. If you want to be successful, there really is only one choice.’ Coach, I will carry your teachings and culture forever. Thank you for always keeping everything in perspective and showing me how to chase not just a dream, but even better, my dreams.”
Although the sack numbers were down, Oweh did manage 6.5 tackles for a loss this year.
I love you Happy Valley…can’t wait to chase my dreams💙 pic.twitter.com/ZtjbFT018D
— “OWEH” (@JaysonOweh) December 26, 2020
The aforementioned James Franklin, who coached Oweh the past three seasons, had nothing but praise for his star end.
“Jayson has grown so much as a football player, student, leader and man since he set foot on campus in 2018,” Franklin said in a statement.
“His growth and development demonstrate the level of his character and buy in to our program’s core values. On the field, his hard work and dedication led him to a first-team All-Big Ten selection this season. We couldn’t be more proud of Jayson and appreciate everything he has done in our program. As I’ve always said, one of my responsibilities as head coach is to ensure all our players maximize their potential and fulfill their dreams. I am excited to see Jayson chase his professional dreams and I am confident he will succeed in the NFL and whatever else in his bright future he sets his mind on!”
Oweh said in his statement that he hopes to complete his degree in due time.