One of the top linebackers in Montana State history, Jody Owens enters his first season at the University of Nevada, transitioning from his playing career to a bright coaching career. Owens will serve as the Wolf Pack’s defensive graduate assistant.
Owens joins first-year offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey from Montana State to Nevada. Owens most recently served as a linebackers coach with the Bobcats. Owens boasts three years of coaching experience since earning All-American honors and graduating from Montana State.
A native of Mesquite, Texas, Owens redshirted his first season at Montana State before starting in nine games as a freshman in 2009 while earning All-Big Sky honorable mention honors. He earned the same accolade in 2010 while leading MSU to its first Big Sky title in five years.
As a junior, Owens earned unanimous All-Big Sky first team and All-America second team honors. He registered 47 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception. Owens then capped his collegiate career in 2012 as a team captain, earning consensus All-America honors while being named Big Sky Defensive MVP. He led the Bobcats with 97 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles.
Owens’ coaching career began in the spring of 2013 as he served as an assistant football coach at Community High School in Nevada, Texas. Owens also served as an assistant strength and condition coach and an assistant football coach at L.D. Bell High School in Bedford, Texas, from 2014-15.
Most recently, Owens coached at his alma mater as an assistant coach and linebackers coach at MSU. Owens helped sophomore linebacker Mac Bignell led the Big Sky in tackles for loss and forced fumbles.
Owens graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.