One of two out of state walk-ons in Nebraska’s 2014 entering football class, Bridgton Academy’s Dylan Owen has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Cornhuskers for fall 2014. He has a shot at becoming a member of Nebraska’s vaunted Blackshirts.
Owen is no stranger to Nebraska football. He may have grown up in New York but his family connections to Cornhusker football run deep.
“Owen is the nephew of former Husker All-American Jerry Minnick, and related to former All-American Rich Glover. Owen’s father is a Nebraska alumnus.” (Huskers Illustrated)
Owen found his options more limited that he wanted as he concluded his senior year Somers High School in Lincolndale, N.Y. I thought it would be interesting to see how Owen arrived at going to a boarding school for a post graduate year and the value that he finds in the PG experience. I called Bridgton and they were kind enough to connect us.
AQ: Nobody ever sets out to take a PG when they start high school. Talk a bit about a couple of decisions, or realizations, that you came to that made you think about a PG year. Did you have a goal in mind when you started thinking about a PG year?
Owen: At one point during February (2013), following signing day, I realized that I wasn’t satisfied with the attention I had received from college coaches. Then I talked to a friend of mine who suggested doing a prep year. When I decided to prep, I told myself that I’d perform well enough for division 1 (NCAA FBS football) attention along with improving my grades.
AQ: What did you see in the Bridgton program that led you and your parents to see it as good fit with your goals?
Owen: As I learned about the Bridgton program, I realized how structured it was. They really try to put each student in the best situation possible to get the best academic results.
AQ: What are the most important things you’ve learned/experienced at Bridgton and how do you think these things have put you in a better position to succeed at Nebraska?
Owen: I’ve learned that one of the most important factors of getting good grades is time management. If I can use my time wisely in Lincoln, I will succeed both on the field and in the classroom.
AQ: Could you offer some advice to other students considering a PG year? What should they know about it/how should they think about it?
Owen: I’ve learned that your attitude is your biggest ally. With a positive attitude you can achieve much more than you had previously thought. This has been my experience: the kids who have the attitude that they will never get their grades up don’t, but the kids that believe they can improve usually do.
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