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Owen
Schmitt
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 260
Sport: Football
Position: RB

Biography

Physical fullback who ranks among the nation’s best ... powerful blocker with tremendous ball skills ... tough guy who loves to practice and work out ... spent some time this spring at tight end and adjusted well to blocking up front ... makes the difficult catch look easy ... a great team leader ... 2006 second team All-America (Scout) ... three-yard TD against Marshall ... also had six knockdowns vs. the Herd ... seven-yard TD run vs. Eastern Washington and two receptions for 36 yards ... gained 55 yards in Maryland win ... three-yard TD catch at East Carolina along with 15 yards rushing ... two scores at Mississippi State on runs of five yards each ... 15 yards vs. Syracuse ... one-yard touchdown at Connecticut ... 28 yards rushing at Louisville ... injury to his left knee and ankle in Cincinnati game ... limited in his play at Pitt ... opened the Gator Bowl with a 52-yard gain and totaled 109 yards rushing against Georgia Tech ...Whitey Gwynne Award from WVU coaches as the team’s unsung hero ... NSCA Strength All-American ... rushed for 380 yards in 2005 ... outstanding in win at Maryland, rushing for team-best 80 yards with a three-yard TD and gains of 34, 19, 13 ... 11 yards rushing vs. East Carolina ... 20-yard kick return against Virginia Tech ... 16 yards rushing and caught three passes for 13 yards in Rutgers win ... had a 23-yard run in the first overtime and a 20-yard reception from Patrick White on 3rd-and-8 in the third overtime against Louisville, both setting up Steve Slaton scores ... six knockdowns vs. UL ... suffered a bruised quad in the Connecticut game ... 32 yards and a 15-yard TD vs. the Huskies ... gained 30 yards on seven carries in Cincinnati win ... 44-yard gain in the Pitt win ... 42 yards on five carries in win at USF ... 82 yards rushing in the Sugar Bowl, with a long gain of 54 in the second quarter on third-and-one play ... Gridiron Gladiator Award from WVU coaches ... offensive champion: Maryland, Cincinnati ... received the 2005 Iron Mountaineer Award as the top performer in the winter workout program ... did not see varsity action in 2004 ... scout team champion: East Carolina, Temple ... transferred to WVU from Wisconsin-River Falls ... unanimous all-conference selection at Fairfax (Va.) High ... team captain for Coach Bill Rechin ... Liberty District MVP ... all-district and all-region baseball player ... birthday is February 13 ... son of Serena Drangle and Wayne Schmitt ... an athletic coaching education major ... Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll


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