Owsley to miss senior season with knee injury

Owensboro's I'Monte Owsley

Imonte Owsley was poised for a big senior season with the Owensboro High School football team.

Unfortunately for the Red Devils, it doesn't look like they'll have him putting up big offensive numbers.

The senior multipurpose touchdown threat suffered a torn ACL on his right knee at a prospect camp at Purdue University over a week ago. He is scheduled for surgery on July 3 and will most likely miss his senior football season.

"We're all heartbroken for Monte, the loss of a senior season is always heartbreaking in sports," OHS head coach Jay Fallin said. "Everyone was so excited about what he was going to do."

Owsley was a major factor in OHS's 10-3 season that ended with a loss in the KHSAA playoffs to eventual Class 5-A champion South Warren.

The 5-foot-7, 154-pound Owsley made 52 catches for 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran 67 times for 712 yards and 10 more touchdowns.

Owsley was the Messenger-Inquirer Area Offensive Player of the Year after the 2018 season.

"Obviously, anybody who's watched us play a game the last two years, his individual production will be difficult to replace," Fallin said. "Monte was a very unique player, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, he was productive out of the backfield and as a receiver."

OHS was expecting an even bigger senior season from Owsley, and he was thinking his numbers would be better as well.

"Break a couple of more records and be a great teammate," Owsley said of the goals he'd set for this season. "I think the team will do great."

The injury happened during a 1-on-1 drill at Purdue. Owsley also had been to camps at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Western Kentucky University, and Memphis.

"My knee locked up on me," Owsley said. "I didn't really know what happened."

Trying to replace Owsley's production will have to be a group effort. Austin Gough should get additional work out of the backfield. Wideouts who should see additional work include Treyvon Tinsley (10 touchdowns), Tyren Hayden (48 catches, 666 yards) and Ben Flaherty (351 yards).

Fallin said Owsley will have faith in his teammates to get the job done.

"He has every confidence in his teammates to pick up the slack," Fallin said. "He will be standing there every step of the way and supporting them."

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