Ht: 6-3 Wt: 275 40: 4.85 Yr: 4Jr
Pos: Former Northwestern star in the midst of a season ending knee injury and change of playing location. Intelligent, reads the action then quickly locates the ball. Explosive off the snap, plays with outstanding pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Displays an array of moves defeating blocks and works hands throughout the action. Tough as nails, plays while injured and consistently makes positive plays. Possesses excellent balance, body control and rarely off his feet. Immediately alters his angle of attack, flattening and pursuing from the backside with speed.
Neg: Suffered a knee injury prior to the season and taking a redshirt year. Transferred from Northwestern and will play at Arizona State in ‘06. Undersized and easily moved from his angle of attack by strong opponents.
Analysis: A defender who makes things happen, Howard has been a disruptive force the past two seasons. Played most of his junior campaign with an injured ankle yet still impacted the game. Must now prove he is healthy and comeback with a big senior season in Tempe.