Howard Working to Improve

Syracuse commit Naesean Howard's West Genesee squad suffered a tough loss on Thursday despite a strong effort from the talented senior. After the game, caught up with him to discuss his improvement, working on becoming a defensive back, and thoughts on the Orange in 2013.

Naesean Howard did all he could to help lead his West Genesee Wildcats to a win Thursday night. Ultimately, it wasn't enough as they fell 44-26 to the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets.

"It was a good game," Howard said. "I felt like we had the game in our pockets. But blown assignments and turnovers cost us. We can correct those. We're going to come back ready to play next week, harder. We're going to take these eight day we've got and practice hard."

Despite the loss, Howard ran for 234-yards and three touchdowns. He ran with more power than last year, and looked more willing to mix it up defensively.

"I've been trying to get better," Howard said. "Every morning I wake up at six o'clock and run hills by myself. Sometimes I took my friend with me. But get up every morning and get my legs stronger. I lift with my team, just trying to get better."

Howard has been trying to work on his coverage skills this season, but the opposing teams are frequently going in the other direction. It has been a bit frustrating for the Syracuse commit who will come in as a safety.

"It's hard," Howard said. "It's hard because the plays never come to my side so I can't get the experience I want in the game. Hopefully when I get to ‘Cuse I'll get some action."

Howard has been monitoring the Orange as they embark on their first season in their new conference. Despite the slow start to the season, he believes there is a lot of upside with this Syracuse squad.

"Right now, they just have to get settled," Howard said. "Get used to things in the ACC and they'll be fine."

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