Camp Profile

There are days when <b>Charles Howard</b> admits he doesn't know if he's coming or going. Such is the double-duty life. Howard, a junior from Union County, is enjoying a solid preseason for the Florida State Seminoles. He entered camp behind <b>Darnell Dockett</b> at defensive tackle and in the mix at defensive end as well. "I feel privileged to be part of this defensive core. Not just the line. Everybody. We have so many athletes and talent, it's unreal," Howard said.

There are days when Charles Howard admits he doesn't know if he's coming or going. Such is the double-duty life.

Howard, a junior from Union County, is enjoying a solid preseason for the Florida State Seminoles. He entered camp behind Darnell Dockett at defensive tackle and in the mix at defensive end as well.

Howard made plenty of noise in last Saturday's scrimmage, finishing with four of the defensive unit's 10 sacks. He was credited with 2.5 sacks, sharing one with defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, during the Seminoles' 11-on-11 drills Monday night.

"My whole goal was not to lose nothing, to come over, no matter where I am at, to do the best when I am on the field," Howard told TheTerritory.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden has certainly noticed Howard's impact.

"Charlie, they couldn't block him," Bowden said following Saturday's scrimmage.

"He's got such natural pass rush instincts. We found it in the spring and he's showing it again. For some kids, it's time for them to step up. He's one of them. (Bobby) Meeks is one of them, (Ron) Lunford is one of them, (Eric) Broe is one of them. We ain't got time to wait. They've got to step up now. And Charlie is.''

After missing last season with a knee injury, Howard wanted to make up for lost time. He enjoyed a solid spring, when he was named as the most improved defensive lineman by the coaches. He also shared the most outstanding defensive player award with Emanuel.

A smiling Howard also enjoys jumping from tackle to end when needed.

"I am not going to say it's easy, it's a no-brainer," Howard said and laughed.

"Even when I played end on Saturday, I forgot a couple of things (smiling). But you have to be flexible like that. I think it helps me as a player to be versatile. A lot of our drills the ends and tackles are together but I am spending pretty much my whole time with coach (Odell) Haggins (defensive tackles coach)."

Howard, who enters with 41 career tackles, including at least one tackle in each of his 10 games played during his sophomore season, says the best part of camp is simply being part of the Seminoles' defense. The unit has made a favorable impression due to its experience, talent and athletic ability.

"We are so loaded," Howard said.

"I am so excited about what's going to happen. Actually, I know what's going to happen. I feel privileged to be part of this defensive core. Not just the line. Everybody. We have so many athletes and talent, it's unreal."


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