UPDATE: Owens turns down MLB’s Padres, will remain with Toledo footballWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After becoming one of the most surprising picks of yesterday’s MLB Draft, Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens announced on June 7 that he will remain with the UT football team and not sign a minor league contract.
Owens, who was selected in the 40th round at pick 1,215 by the San Diego Padres, said he was surprised with the selection. He first received a phone call on June 6 informing him that the team was thinking about selecting him. As the day rolled on, he received a second call telling him he was drafted and could become a member of the Padres.
“I got that call that said ‘Congratulations you’ve been drafted to the Padres,’ and I’ve been working out for football,” Owens said. “That was such a surprising thing.
“I’m staying in Toledo. I’m trying to stay focused on football and having a good season.”
How surprising was it for Owens? The junior quarterback said he hasn’t played baseball since his freshman year of high school. Still, with his arm strength and left-handed pitching being valued at a premium in the MLB, the Padres felt he was worth the risk.
“I was really confused,” Owens said. “It was just a random call for me while I was just sitting on the couch. I played baseball when I was younger in my freshman year of high school and for that call to be made it was really random. I didn’t know how to react to it.”
Owens was just one of two players from Toledo selected in the MLB Draft along with pitcher Mike Hamann in the 16th round to the Cubs. Owens played in 12 games last season for the Rockets, completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 2,022 yards and 18 touchdowns with three interceptions.