Stanford Football: Can Francis Owusu take after his brother?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Chris Owusu
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When the Stanford Cardinal landed a commitment from Oaks Christian wide receiver Francis Owusu, fans everywhere tilted their heads in curiosity. The name looked so familiar; only a year earlier, senior wide receiver Chris Owusu graduated and took his talents to the NFL.

In hopes of replacing Chris’ production, Stanford has replaced one Owusu with another. And if the younger brother is anything like the older brother, the Cardinal are in for a pleasant surprise once Owusu starts contributing on Saturdays.

The older Owusu was known for his explosiveness with the ball in his hands, especially when he hit the field on kick returns. Throughout his college career, he amassed 2,132 yards and three touchdowns on 80 returns (26.6 yards per return). Unfortunately, numerous concussions limited his opportunities and forced him to fall through the cracks of the 2012 NFL Draft.

With the younger Owusu, the Cardinal are hoping to get the same type of production while avoiding the health issues. Throughout his 2012 senior season at Oaks Christian, Owusu hauled in 52 passes for 915 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added two touchdowns on the ground, but wasn’t the same type of electric kick returner (two returns for 35 yards) that his big bro was.

Considering that Owusu turned down 14 other FBS scholarship offers, there’s plenty of reason to believe that the youngster has all of the talent necessary to pick up right where his older brother left off. Measuring in at 6’3’’, 195 pounds, Owusu brings size and physicality to the field while possessing the speed and athleticism to make defenses pay.

It’s still to be determined whether or not Owusu can make the same type of impact that his older brother did, but the potential is there. Only time will tell.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Network Manager/NFL featured columnist for Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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