Alabama offensive lineman Chris Owens announced on Friday that he will be utilizing his sixth season and return to the Crimson Tide for the 2021 season.
— Chris Owens (@BGChrisOwens) January 15, 2021
Read his full statement below.
“Over the past five years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to play football at the University of Alabama, which is something I would have never imagined. I was born in New Orleans and because of Hurricane Katrina our family moved to Arlington, Texas. I had no idea my new life would turn out like this — a three-year SEC Champion and a two-time CFP National Champion with a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
“Throughout my time at Alabama, I have been fortunate to learn from coach Saban and various other members of his staff on what if takes to be a leader and the importance of valuing the principles and values of an elite organization. The lessons I’ve been taught have molded me into not only a better player, but also into a better person, which I can carry with me for the rest of my life. Along the way I have met some of my lifelong friends and created memories that I will never forget. Mostly because I was able to share them with my teammates.
“After long discussion with my parents and coach Saban, I have decided to use my final year of eligibility at Alabama and return to school for one final season. I believe it allows me to not only maximize the amount of value I can create for myself as a player, but it gives me one more chance to create even more memories with my brothers on this team. I trust coach Saban and his staff, and I believe that the opportunity to continue to learn from and develop under him is one I cannot pass up!”
Owens, who has been one of Alabama’s most versatile linemen, saw snaps at tackle as well as center this season.
He was also a massive piece to the team’s championship run as he filled in for the injured Landon Dickerson in both rounds of the College Football Playoff.
This post will be updated.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77