The 2005 Scouting Report: Announced suddenly on Aug. 13, 2005, that he would sit out the 2005 season (due to injury reasons) and then transfer to Arizona State for the 2006 season, his final year of eligibility ... Bonafide 2006 NFL Draft selection who has been listed as a first-round pick by some draft experts ... Phil Steele's preseason second-team All-American ... Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-America ... Sporting News, collegefootballnews.com and Phil Steele's preseason first-team all-Big Ten ... Lindy's and Rivals.com preseason second-team all-Big Ten ... Fourth-ranked end on Phil Steele's player ratings
list and 11th-ranked end on TSN's player ratings list ... Candidate for All-Big Ten and All-America honors ... Listed in ESPN's top 100 "Hot List" for 2004 ... Blessed with tremendous athletic ability, Howard is one of the fixtures on NU's defensive front ... Missed first six games of 2004 after suffering his second ankle injury in less than a year ... Suffered the same injury that MLB pitcher Curt Schilling did, only to both ankles at different times ... Had started first 25 career games ... Was expected to be 100 percent by start of preseason camp after sitting out spring drills with knee tendinitis ... Has all the skills and physical talent to become one of the nation's top defensive linemen ... Has great explosion and power which, coupled with his speed, gives him an advantage over most offensive tackles ... Finished fifth on NU's career lists for TFL's (34) and sacks (11).
2004: True junior who, five days prior to the start of the season, injured his left ankle and underwent surgery (Sept. 3) to repair a tendon issue ... Returned to practice during the Wildcats' open week and played in a reserve role vs. the Badgers ... Finished with a solo tackle against Wisconsin ... Played a bigger role in NU's win over Purdue, notching four tackles (1.5 TFL's), which included his first sack of the year ... Also had two QB hurries vs. the Boilermakers ... Totaled four tackles, including a TFL, at Penn State ... Had his best performance of the year vs. Illinois: eight tackles (six solos), two sacks and a hurry ... Five tackles at Hawaii.
2003: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ... Recipient of NU's Wildcat Warrior Award ... Started all 13 games ... Sixth in Big Ten tackles for loss ... Earned his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance vs. Penn State: eight tackles (four TFLs and two sacks) as well as a forced fumble ... Led all defensive linemen with 65 tackles ... Led NU in TFLs (16) and sacks (8) ... Had one of his most impressive outings of his young career vs. Wisconsin: five tackles (three TFL) and three hurries ... Had a season-best 10 tackles (four solos), one TFL and 0.5 sacks vs. Minnesota ... Notched four tackles (one TFL and one sack), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in season-opening win at Kansas ... Totaled three tackles (including a TFL) and a blocked PAT kick vs. Air Force ... Blocked his second kick (a field goal attempt) of the year vs. Miami ... Also had five tackles and a pass deflection against the RedHawks ... Registered six tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass breakup and one hurry vs. Duke ... Had five tackles (two solos), which included a TFL and two hurries at Ohio State ... Seven tackles (three solos) vs. Indiana ... Six tackles, including a sack, and a hurry at Purdue ... Four tackles, including one TFL, vs. Michigan ... Two tackles and a hurry vs. Illinois ... Totaled three tackles, including a sack vs. Bowling Green in Motor City Bowl.
2002: True freshman who started every game at right defensive end ... Named a first-team Freshmen All-American by these groups: Scripps/ FWAA, The Sporting News, Rivals.com and College Football News ... Tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News ... NGN Defensive Newcomer of the Year ... Ranked fourth nationally among all true freshmen with 81 tackles ... Led team in TFL with 13.5, which was seventh-best in the Big Ten ... Ranked second among NU defensive linemen in tackles (81) ... Recorded one of his top performances against Duke -- a season-high 14 tackles (10 solos, three TFL) ... Registered five tackles in his debut at Air Force ... Versus TCU, totaled nine tackles (six solos), which included a TFL ... Also had two quarterback hurries ... Six tackles and a fumble recovery at Navy ... Four tackles, including a TFL at Michigan State ... Eight tackles (three solos) and a 1/2 sack vs. Ohio State ... Seven tackles, including two TFL at Minnesota ... Three tackles at PSU ... Seven tackles (two solos) vs. Purdue ... Nine tackles (five solos), including two TFL, vs. Indiana ... Seven tackles, including three TFL, at Iowa.
High School: SuperPrep All-American ... Widely recognized by several recruiting services as one of the nation's top 150 prospects ... Ranked seventh nationally among defensive linemen by PrepStar ... Received 42 Division I-A scholarship offers ... Member of Rivals100.com team ... Member of prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West" first team ... Ranked as the number-two prospect in Arizona by SuperPrep and the 19th-best defensive lineman in the nation ... Won the Curley Cup Award as state's top interior defensive lineman ... A first-team all-state, all-region (offense and defense) and all-conference honoree ... Registered 64 solo tackles, 36 assists, 10 sacks, 24 hurries, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks ... Team went 12-1 his senior year and reached semifinals of state playoffs for a second straight year ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Member of school's Honor Roll ... Coached by Stuart Goldstein.
Personal: Born Loren LaPrade Howard on 11/12/83 ... Son of Trude LaPrade and Phil Howard ... Born 11/12/83 ... His uncle, Kurt Minko, was a two-year letterwinner and center at Northwestern (1988-89) ... Chose NU over Washington and Arizona State ... Communication studies major.
Howard's Career Statistics
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR
2002 12 41 40 81 13.5 33 0 0 1
2003 13 33 35 68 16.0 78 2 2 1
2004 6 13 9 22 4.5 30 0 0 0
TOTALS 31 87 84 171 34.0 141 2 2 2
SACKS G UA A Total Yds
2002 12 0 0 0.0 0
2003 13 7 2 8.0 46
2004 6 3 0 3.0 27
TOTALS 31 10 2 11.0 73