Carney Jr. eyes starting spot at DE

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URBANA (WCIA) — Owen Carney Jr. expects to play a bigger role this season and the sophomore defensive end is putting himself in a position to do just that. The Miami, Florida native has been repping with the first team at defensive end, alongside fellow sophomore Isaiah Gay.

“I feel like I’m going to play a lot, at least 80-percent of the time,” Carney Jr. said. “I will be on the field but I don’t think the defensive end spot is open. We’re pushing each other every day. It’s just back and forth, neck and neck. I’m going to keep pushing until Sept. 1.”

“He’s battling,” new defensive line coach Austin Clark coach. “Owen’s doing a good job. He’s young like all the other guys we’ve got. We’ve got a lot of guys that were freshmen last year that have only played 12 games under their belt. He’s battling every day and he’s competing for a spot.”
   

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