February 27, 2009

Owens has family history with Auburn

Bessemer (Ala.) Jess Lanier linebacker LaDarius Owens has been to Auburn many times. He's heard many stories about the Tigers' football history.

The 6-foot-2, 225-ounder had Auburn influence in his family, one uncle in particular.

Owens' uncle, James Owens, was the first black scholarship football player at Auburn. James Owens, a Fairfield-native, played at Auburn from 1970-72, was part of the "Amazins" that finished '72 10-1, which included a 17-16 victory over Alabama, known better to Tiger fans as the "Punt Bama Punt" game.

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