Stanford WR Chris Owusu Likely out for Fiesta Bowl

Peter ChenContributor IIIDecember 17, 2011

Whalen, Owusu, Luck: only 2 of them will play in Fiesta Bowl
Whalen, Owusu, Luck: only 2 of them will play in Fiesta BowlEzra Shaw/Getty Images

The Associated Press reported on Friday night that Stanford’s star senior wideout Chris Owusu will likely miss the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State on January 2. 

According to the AP, Coach David Shaw said Owusu will "probably not" play in the Fiesta Bowl. Shaw stated, "It’s not going to happen, it’s not going to happen."

Owusu hasn’t played meaningfully since suffering the latest in a series of scary concussions on November 5 at Oregon State. 

I say "meaningfully" because after missing the rest of the Oregon State game, and the ensuing Oregon and Cal games, Owusu was on the field for one final collegiate snap, in the waning seconds of Stanford’s 28-14 victory on November 26 against Notre Dame.

Coach David Shaw sent Owusu in for the final play, as part of Stanford’s kneel-down "victory" formation—his final at-bat, as it were. 

QB Andrew Luck and the 11-1 and fourth-ranked Cardinal will now face the Cowboys without their most dangerous deep threat. Owusu’s Stanford career featured 102 receptions for 1,534 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Owusu, who possesses 10.6 speed for the 100 meter, also took three kickoff returns to the house while at Stanford. He finished his career with 3.842 all-purpose yards, eighth all-time at Stanford.

Earlier on Friday, Owusu was spotted at Jimmy V’s Sports Cafe, located inside Stanford’s Arrillaga Family Sports Center. He was smiling and chatted briefly with Coach Shaw. Once projected as a 2012 NFL draft pick, Owusu now faces an uncertain football future, with his health a paramount concern. 

Meanwhile, his absence from the Cardinal lineup will require senior WR Griff Whalen to continue his surprising Wes Welker imitation. Whalen has stepped up big time this season, with a team-high 49 catches for 664 yards and four touchdowns. 

The other starting WR for the Fiesta Bowl will probably be fleet freshman Ty Montgomery. Like Owusu, Montgomery has plus speed. He ran a kickoff back for a TD, and caught 17 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown.

Stanford will need top performances from Whalen and Montgomery to enable its power running game and play-action passing to function at full capacity against Oklahoma State.