Hard-nosed Mountaineer legend who has broken ten facemasks during his career, will display outstanding running, pass catching and blocking skills in North team backfield during January 26 contest.
MOBILE, Ala. (January 16, 2008) -- The North team backfield in the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl will feature one of the nation’s most intriguing NFL draft prospects at running back – West Virginia’s Owen Schmitt – bowl officials announced on Thursday.
Schmitt developed into a Mountaineer legend during his storied career, known as much for his outstanding blocking, pass catching and running skills for West Virginia’s high-powered offense, as for his hard-nosed play which resulted in his breaking of ten facemasks during his career.
A former walk-on who transferred to West Virginia from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Schmitt started 21 games for the Mountaineers – ten at tailback, seven at fullback and four at tight end – during his career.
West Virginia running backOwen Schmitt
A respected team leader who was named a permanent captain, he rushed for 272 yards and four TD’s in 2007, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and caught 12 passes for 121 yards and another score.
The 6-3, 260-pounder from Fairfax, Va., collected 64 yards on just three carries in West Virginia’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma, including a career-high 57-yarder for a touchdown.
A warrior in the weight room, he put up unbelievable numbers including a 525- pound hang clean and a 640-pound squat.
As a junior in 2006, he rushed for 351 yards and seven TD’s, topped by a 109-yard rushing performance against Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl, and finished his West Virginia career with 1,003 yards rushing, 13 TD’s, and caught 32 passes for 288 yards and two more scores.
A excellent student who has already graduated with his bachelor’s degree, he was also a second-team All-Big East selection as an all-purpose back this season." (Official Press release from Seniorbowl.com)
2008 COLLEGIATE ALL-STAR GAME FROM MOBILE, AL LIVE AT 4:00 PM ET SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
NFL Network’s exclusive high-definition coverage of the league’s next generation of talent begins Monday, January 21 at 4:00 PM ET from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL with the Under Armour Senior Bowl and the week-long events leading up to Saturday’s game.
Tuesday, Jan. 2210:30 ET – Day 2: North Team Practice (HD)4:30 ET – Day 2: South Team Practice (HD)8:00 ET – Day 2: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)
Wednesday, Jan. 2310:30 ET – Day 3: North Team Practice (HD)4:30 ET – Day 3: South Team Practice (HD)8:00 ET – Day 3: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)
Thursday, Jan. 2410:30 ET – Day 4: North Team Practice (HD)4:30 ET – Day 4: South Team Practice (HD)8:00 ET – Day 4: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)
Saturday, Jan. 253:30 ET – NFL Total Access Senior Bowl Pregame Show (HD)4:00 ET – 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl (HD)7:00 ET – NFL Total Access Senior Bowl Postgame Show (HD)