Chris Owusu

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Chris Owusu
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-06) January 6, 1990 (age 31)
Oxnard, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Oaks Christian School
(Westlake Village, California)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:296
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Christopher Lloyd Owusu (born January 6, 1990) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Stanford. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.

He has also played for the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Early life[edit]

Owusu graduated from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California, and was ranked as the 36th best wide receiver in the nation. He was named an All-American wide receiver by SuperPrep, as well as an All-Northwest Section choice by the Ventura County Star and a first-team All-Tri-Valley League selection as a senior in 2007. In his senior year, Owusu caught 32 passes for 563 yards and six touchdowns despite playing in only seven games due to an injury. Owusu also contributed on defense, recording 30 tackles and two interceptions on defense. The year before, he had 33 catches for 747 yards and nine TDs, and eventually was named first-team All-Tri-Valley League, while recording 23 tackles and one interception. During his high school career, the team posted a 46-3 overall record and won four consecutive CIF Southern Section titles. Owusu also played basketball, and added two All-Tri-Valley League honors in his sophomore and junior seasons. He majored in human biology.[1]

Track and field[edit]

Other than football, Owusu was also an all-state sprinter as a junior in 2007, breaking the Ventura County meet record in the 100 meter in 2007 with a time of 10.65 seconds. He also recorded a personal best of 21.71 seconds in the 200 meter.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.42 Moorpark HS, California March 2008
200 meters 21.30 Moorpark HS, California April 19, 2007

College career[edit]

Much of Owusu's career was riddled with injuries, including 3 concussions in a 13-month span, starting in his freshman year at Stanford University, when he tore his MCL during fall camp, and only started 5 games that year. He recorded 5 receptions for 80 yards, and 0 touchdowns. Owusu also was a kick returner, with 14 kickoff returns for 326 yards and 0 touchdowns. In 2009, he started 9 games and led the team in touchdowns.[1] In his junior year, he missed 4 games with a hand injury he sustained against Washington State, and also suffered a concussion against the Oregon Ducks. In his final season, he recorded 35 receptions for 376 yards, 2 rushes for 78 yards, as well as 8 kickoff returns for 177 yards. For his career, Owusu averaged 26.6 yards on 78 kickoff returns at and tied a Pac-10 record as a sophomore with three returns for touchdowns (94, 91 and 85 yards). However, as a senior he was knocked out of two games, against Washington State with a concussion, and against USC with a shoulder injury. His worst injury in his college career was against the Oregon State Beavers, where he took a helmet-to-helmet hit with Jordan Poyer with 4:26 remaining in the first half. Owusu remained conscious after the injury, and was pulled off the field via ambulance. He eventually returned to Reser Stadium, but did not play.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
4.36 s 1.45 s 2.50 s 4.27 s 6.85 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
19 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[3]

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Owusu ran a 4.36 time at the 40-yard dash, which tied for the second fastest overall.[4] He wasn't selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, with his concussion against Oregon State and past injury history being a factor. He was eventually signed by the San Francisco 49ers,[5] reuniting him with Jim Harbaugh.[6] He was later waived as part of the 49ers final roster cuts.[7]

Owusu later was placed on the San Diego Chargers practice squad.[7]

On September 20, 2012 Owusu signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[8]

New York Jets[edit]

Owusu was signed by the New York Jets on September 29, 2014.[9] Owusu was released on November 1, 2014.[10] He was re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[11] Owusu was promoted to the Jets' active roster on December 4, 2014 after Greg Salas was placed on injured reserve.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Owusu is a mixture of Ghanaian and Samoan descent.[13] He has a brother, Brian, who plays defensive back at Harvard. His sister, Crystal, is a guard on the Columbia basketball team.[14] His brother Francis also played wide receiver for the Stanford Cardinal football team and is currently a free agent.[15] He also has a third brother named Michael.


  1. ^ a b "Chris Owusu Profile - Stanford University's Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Kevin Gemmell (November 5, 2011). "Stanford Cardinal WR Chris Owusu taken off field in ambulance - ESPN". Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Chris Owusu Draft Profile –". Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Relations, Public (September 4, 2012). "San Diego Chargers: Chris Owusu". Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Katzowitz, Josh (April 29, 2012). "49ers sign Chris Owusu as undrafted free agent". Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Harbaugh adds Stanford wideout Owusu | ProFootballTalk". Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Owusu ends up on Chargers practice squad". September 1, 2012. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Chris Owusu signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sammie Stroughter likely to IR". September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  9. ^ Cosentino, Dom (September 29, 2014). "Jets cut CB LeQuan Lewis, sign WR Chris Owusu". Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  10. ^ Costello, Brian (November 1, 2014). "Matt Simms added as Jets' 3rd QB". New York Post. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "Transactions". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  12. ^ Slater, Darryl (December 4, 2014). "Jets put wide receiver Greg Salas (hamstring) on injured reserve, promote receiver Chris Owusu". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  13. ^ FitzGerald, Tom. "Speed runs in Owusu's family". SFGate. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  14. ^ Potkey, Rhiannon. "Sibling revelry in Owusu household » Ventura County Star". Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  15. ^ [1]

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