By Harry Allison
Penn State edge rusher Jayson Oweh’s explosiveness and speed have never been in question; his athletic potential is absolutely off the charts.
It’s been reported that the 6-foot-5, 252-pound Nittany Lion ran the 40 in just over 4.3 seconds, a staggering number for a player at his position.
His get-off is every tackle’s worst nightmare. His pass-rush toolbox, however, is not. There were few moves to speak of last year, and he was shut down on contact far too often. His pass-rush production from 2020 backs this up.
Oweh destroyed Indiana’s tackles in the season opener, racking up 10 total pressures. But he recorded just 10 pressures over the following six games combined.
On the bright side, Oweh looked like a completely different player against the run. He was a constant disruptor in the backfield, and that led to an 89.7 run-defense grade for the year, well above the 59.5 mark he posted in 2019.
Oweh is only scratching the surface of what he can become. He’s not going to have a Chase Young-esque impact right away, but he can get there with time with the right coaching.