July 13, 2024

On Monday, Arizona officially announced the addition of Colgate defensive back transfer Owen Goss.

“Owen has a lot to offer,” said Stars coach Brett Arce. “He led his previous team in interceptions and can play multiple positions. He’s been a safety, a nickel, and a corner. He’s experienced and versatile, which we really value.”

Goss’s specific role will be determined once practice begins, but the staff is already impressed with his overall approach.
“He understands the game well,” Arce said. “He’s instinctive, makes plays, and is always around the ball. He’s passionate about football, evident from his conversations and film, and his ability to play various positions.”

Last season, Goss started 11 games as a team captain and was named first team All-Patriot League defensive back. He finished fourth on his team with 58 tackles and ranked third in solo tackles with 41.

Goss also led the Raiders with two interceptions and three blocked kicks, defended four passes, and forced a fumble. His two interceptions against Georgetown included a 59-yard pick-six, earning him Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. He also earned national FCS Special Teams Player of the Week honors by blocking three field goals against Bucknell. The previous season, Goss started seven games, making 20 tackles (18 solo), breaking up three passes, and recovering two fumbles.

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Goss’s addition is significant for Arizona’s defense. The Wildcats needed to replace junior college safety Marquis Brown, who couldn’t qualify. With Goss, they gain a versatile player for a secondary that still has some uncertainties. The second cornerback spot is still undecided, and Goss has the potential to compete for it. If that position goes to another newcomer, Goss’s versatility allows him to contribute in various roles.

In the worst-case scenario where no one secures the second corner position, the staff might move Treydan Stukes, giving Goss a chance to compete for significant playing time. At a minimum, the coaching staff expects Goss to be a valuable asset, including on special teams.

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