Owens owns return game

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

WINNIPEG — Chad Owens could not care less that the Montreal Alouettes had no use for him.

The Argonauts certainly do, and that’s all that matters to the 28-year-old Hawaii native.

“I’m surrounded by a great group of guys and I’m just trying to do my part,” Owens said. “If that means returning balls for touchdowns, that’s what I am going to do. If that means making a catch on offence, that is what I’m going to do.”

Owens was acquired from the Alouettes on June 23 after Als head coach Marc Trestman decided to go with Tim Maypray as his returner.

In the Argos’ first two games, Owens has returned a punt and a missed field goal for touchdowns.

That’s two more special-teams majors than the Argos had all of last year.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Owens is as quick as a waterbug, and for the first time since Dominique Dorsey was healthy two years ago, the Argos have a returner who is a threat every time he fields the football.

When Argos head coach Jim Barker worked for Calgary, he tried to pry Owens from Montreal, but finally was able to do so when he sent a fourth-rounder in 2011 to the Alouettes. While he was at the University of Hawaii, Owens set an NCAA record for a season with five punt-return TDs in 2004.

“Two returns in two weeks (for touchdowns)?” offensive guard Taylor Robertson said.

“Thanks, Montreal.

“He’s a hell of a player. No one knows what is going to happen when he gets the ball. He needs a crease about three-inches wide, and he can break it any time.”

And to think that Owens isn’t quite in the right frame of mind. He will be once his wife, Rena, and children Chad (7), Areana (5) and Sierra-Lynn (2) join him in Toronto.

“I can’t wait for them to get here,” Owens said. “I want them with me. They need to be part of this special thing we have going on here.

“The guys here believe in me. I don’t feel as if I have to go out there and do too much — just go out there and run. And be me.”


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