UCLA — Jerry is one of several young receivers who will be competing for playing time in 2001 … He is a very talented youngster who saw his first game action a year ago … He possesses both excellent speed and hand-eye coordination … With continued development, he could become an important part of the receiver rotation … In Spring drills, he was showing steady improvement prior to being sidelined with a thigh strain during the third week.
2000 — As a redshirt freshman, Owens appeared in nine games at wide receiver … He played 10 snaps versus Oregon State, seven at California and six versus Michigan … Also played regularly on the punt coverage team … On the year, he made one reception for four yards (versus Fresno State).
1999 — Did not see action in his first year at UCLA and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL — Lettered for three years in football for coach Mike Herrington at Hart High in Newhall, CA … Member of PrepStar Dream Team … Rated the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation and No. 1 in the Western Region by PrepStar … A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar … Ranked No. 4 (tied) nationally among receivers by the National Recruiting Advisor … Rated nation’s No. 53 player and No. 9 receiver by Bobby Burton/ESPN.com … Rated the No. 58 player in the nation by RivalNet … A SuperPrep All-American, he was ranked the nation’s No. 11 wide receiver and the No. 20 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region … Rated the No. 42 player in the nation by The Sporting News … Rated the nation’s No. 48 player by the Cornwell 100 … Rated the No. 58 player in the nation by The Sporting News/Tom Lemming … Member of Dallas Morning News National 100 … Member of fansonly.com Top 100 … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100 … Member of CBS SportsLine/PrepStar Top 100 … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with eight votes … First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports … Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 second team … Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section … First-team L.A. Daily News All-Valley … First-team L.A. Times All-Valley … As a senior, he made 63 receptions for 1,373 yards and 16 touchdowns … Added four interceptions … Team won the Division III CIF championship … Co-Player of the Year in the Foothill League … First-team all-Santa Clarita Valley as both a senior and junior … Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game … PrepStar pre-season Dream Team member … PrepStar pre-season Super 30 All-West selection … In SuperPrep’s pre-season issue, he ranked 15th nationally among wide receivers and 16th among all players in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region … Enjoyed an outstanding junior campaign with 63 catches for 1,430 yards (22.7 average) and 18 TDs … Also lettered in basketball for coaches Mike May and Dave Montgomery.
PERSONAL — Full Name: Jerry Lee Owens … Born: February 16, 1981 in Hollywood, CA … Parents: Paul Sibek and Linda Owens … Has two younger brothers — Zachary and Taylor … Lists Tampa Bay Buccaneer receiver Keyshawn Johnson as one of the athletes he patterns his style of play after … Sociology major.