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Giants draft Houston DB Gervarrius Owens with 254th pick


With 254th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Houston DB Gervarrius Owens.

As a Senior (2022)

Houston Football Team Captain

Earned Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference

Pro Football Focus (PFF) All-American Athletic Conference

Started 12 games at free safety (584 defensive snaps)

Second on team in tackles (74) and pass breakups (8)

Led Cougars with 54 solo stops

Graded as The American's top safety (82.5) per PFF

Graded as The American's top cover safety (87.6) per PFF

Added two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery

Registered eight-plus tackles on six occasions

Nine tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery at Memphis (Oct. 7)

Only Cougar with 3+ pass breakups in multiple games (Sept. 10 at Texas Tech; Nov. 12 vs. Temple)

24-yard interception return at Texas Tech (Sept. 10)

View the top photos of defensive back Gervarrius Owens' career at Houston.

As a Junior (2021)

First Team All-American Athletic Conference

First Team Dave Campbell All-State

Appeared in all 14 games of the season at defensive back

Started 13 games

Fifth on team in total tackles (52)

Tied for second on team in interceptions (2)

45-yard pick six against Tulsa (Oct. 1)

7+ tackles in each of the final three games vs. UConn (Nov. 27), Cincinnati (Dec. 4), and Auburn (Dec. 28)

Back-to-back games with five tackles vs. Tulane (Oct. 7) and East Carolina (Oct. 23)

As a Junior (2020)

Played in all eight games including making five starts at free safety

Fourth on team with 28 tackles

Two tackles for loss and two pass breakups

Five-plus tackles in each of the first five games

Season-high six tackles during three straight weeks vs. No. 14 BYU (Oct. 16), Navy (Oct. 24) and UCF (Oct. 31)

Three stops at No. 6 Cincinnati (Nov. 7)

Two tackles vs. Hawai'i at New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 24).

As a Sophomore (2019)

Made 11 starts and appeared in 12 games at cornerback and safety

Tied for second nationally with two blocked punts

Fourth on the team with 54 tackles (37 solo)

Recorded 0.5 sacks and one interception alongside five breakups

Seven tackles at No. 4/4 Oklahoma (Sept. 1)

Three pass breakups and one tackle in win vs. Prairie View A&M (Sept. 7)

One tackle vs. Washington State in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Sept. 13)

Four tackles at Tulane (Sept. 19)

Two tackles and one pass breakup vs. No. 25 Cincinnati (Oct. 12)

Four tackles and one pass breakup in win at UConn (Oct. 19)

Five tackles vs. SMU (Oct. 24)

Co-led team with five tackles at UCF (Nov. 2)

26-yard punt return vs. Memphis (Nov. 16)

Co-led team with nine tackles, and blocked two punts vs. Memphis (Nov. 16)

Led team with 10 tackles and recorded first interception and half sack of career in win at Tulsa (Nov. 23)

Five tackles in season finale vs. Navy (Nov. 30).

Prior to Houston

JUCO All-America First Team in 2018 at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

Team's second-leading tackler (51)

Had three interceptions and three pass breakups

Four-year letterwinner at Southmoore High School

Appeared in OSSA All-Star Game

PBU and RAC record holder

Also lettered in track and wrestling

View photos of the New York Giants' seven-member draft class.


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