Sanders and Jackson State, an FCS program, flashed signs of brilliance in the spring campaign. The Tigers, backed by their outspoken head coach, finished 4-3 — the school’s first winning record since 2013 — and enters the 2021 season with high expectations in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
As JSU prepares for the summer ahead, Sanders has added another player from a Power 5 school.
Antwan Owens is joining Deion Sanders and Jackson State
Deion Sanders has spent the last few months building Jackson State’s roster with transfers, especially those from Power 5 schools.
Former Georgia Tech defensive lineman Antwan Owens has joined that club. Owens recently announced on Twitter that he is joining the Tigers as a graduate transfer.
“Don’t talk about the movement,” Sanders tweeted. “BE the movement.”
Owens played in 35 games across four seasons at Georgia Tech. He had 53 tackles and two sacks in that span.
Owens, who stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 275 pounds, will add size to the Tigers’ defense. JSU allowed 26 points per game this past spring.
Sanders has added numerous Power 5 transfers since he took over
Jackson State has used the transfer portal to its advantage since Sanders arrived in the fall of 2020.
Corey Reed, a Louisville transfer, totaled 27 receptions, 325 yards, and three touchdowns last season. Isaiah Bolden, a cornerback from Florida State, broke up a pass and had three tackles in three games.
Former Missouri linebacker Aubrey Miller provided an immediate impact on defense. Miller totaled 51 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble in six games.
Other Power 5 transfers on the active roster include safety Shilo Sanders (South Carolina), who is Deion’s son, and linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain (USC).
Sanders and Jackson State have a major fall season ahead of them
Sanders showed in his first season as a college head coach that, much like in his playing days, he isn’t afraid of the expectations nor the spotlight.
The attention will still be on JSU when their 2021 season begins this fall. Sanders’ son, Shedeur, could potentially open the year as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. NCAA eligibility rules barred Shedeur, who enrolled in January, from playing during the spring semester.
Sanders has built a talented team that, on paper, can make some noise in the FCS. At the same time, the Hall of Fame cornerback has attracted criticism for his outspoken attitude and commentary.
Sanders and JSU can put their money where their mouth is on Saturday, September 5, when they play Florida A&M in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami Gardens. Florida.