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Toledo QB Terrance Owens drafted by the Padres with no baseball experience

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In the 40th round — the last round - of the Major League Baseball draft, Toledo got a surprise; Terrance Owens was selected as the No. 1,215 overall pick by the San Diego Padres.

Only one problem — Owens doesn't play baseball.

Nope, Owens is the Rockets starting quarterback and has been for the past two seasons. He doesn't play on the Rockets' baseball team and while he played a little baseball in high school, he wasn't considered a two-sport athlete. But somehow the Padres thought Owens might make a stellar left-handed pitching prospect.

It's a real shocker the Padres are in last place.

Owens started his first game in 2010 after then-starter Austin Dantin suffered an injury. He started 12 of 13 games last year and completed a Toledo record 72.2 percent of his passes. He ranked first in the Mid-American Conference in passing efficiency and sixth nationally. Not sure how those stats translate on the baseball diamond, but apparently one of the Padres' scouts thought they might be an asset.

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New coach Matt Campbell, who inherited Owens from Tim Beckman and was looking forward to having a veteran quarterback this season, isn't as sold. He said Owens has no plans to leave the Rockets to chance the dream of baseball that he never knew he had.

"It shows what a great athlete Terrance is," Campbell said. "He throws the football with great velocity, so obviously someone felt that would make him a good pitcher. Terrance is pleased with the recognition, but he's looking forward to accomplishing his goals in college football."

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