LB's Looking For Improvement

Golden Eagle linebacker Alan Howze is taking over a position, and leading a position group, that was a question mark heading into the season. Howze has tallied 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack so far this season for the Golden Eagles. He took some time after practice today to talk about the team's upcoming game against Louisville, and how the team is preparing for battle.

Howze said practice has gone well this week, and that it's all about getting ready for the Louisville offense.

"Practice has been going good, just getting ready for Louisville," Howze said.

"They have a good quarterback and do a lot of formation changes, so we're just trying to get that down right now.

"They run the ball downhill, they're a traditional power iso team. They have a more traditional blocking scheme, so that's what we're getting ready to face."

The Golden Eagle linebacker talked about what he believes to be a key to winning against Louisville, and something Defensive Coordinator Tommy West emphasized in his press conference, tackling.

"Our emphasis right now is really wrapping up on tackling," Howze said.

"We've got to make good contact and push them back instead of letting them push us forward."

Howze has been pointed at by the coaching staff throughout the season as a leader for both the linebacking corps and the defense as a whole.

Howze said he has accepted that role and taken on the responsibilities of leadership.

"With me being the middle linebacker, I have that direct connection with Coach West," Howze said.

"If safeties or the d-line have a question about coverage, they talk to me and I go to coach West about it."

Howze also said he and his teammates have to do a better job against the run. Last week he admitted that they should not have allowed Western Kentucky to run the ball they way they did. The Eagles will look to get back on track, and it will be a tall task as Louisville also comes in with a similar scheme with even bigger backs and a more physical offensive line.

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