Catching Up with Calvin Howell

San Antonio Warren defensive tackle Calvin Howell is a mountain of a man at 6-4, 270, but his work in the classroom has been the center of his attention since his football season ended last fall. Howell spoke with Burnt Orange Beat late last week to discuss his graduation plans, his plans to move to Austin, and his goals for his college years.

Calvin Howell is nearing the end of his senior year at San Antonio Warren and is finally ready to join his Longhorn teammates in Austin. Howell has been working diligently on improving his test score and shoring up his core class scores.

"The results came out positive. My SAT score came up 50 points. That was a blessing. I am taking eight periods this semester. I don't have an off period," Howell told Burnt Orange Beat at his high school last week.

The senior is excited to start his Longhorn career in the next several weeks.

"I am good to go. I am moving down June 6. We get out of (high) school on June 4, move there June 6, and then I come back for graduation June 9. We can enroll in our classes June 6," Howell explained.

Howell is going to live with fellow defensive tackle Derek Johnson of Hoxie, Arkansas.

The Texas defense is replacing Roy Miller and Aaron Lewis at the tackle position, so there is a pressing need for both players to be ready to play.

In fact, near the end of spring practice, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said, "We need to get better up front, that's the bottom line. We need to have more effective rushers other than Sergio (Kindle), and we need to get better inside up front. We've got to continue to build depth, which is going to have to be with some freshmen next fall so they need to get ready. We're not where we need to be."

Was that a message to Howell?

"I just want to go get it, attack it. Everything you want in life, you have to go get. I just have to go up there with an open mind. If I've got to ball, I'll ball. If I get redshirted, I'll redshirt. Whatever needs to get done for the team, I'm going to be that guy."

Speaking of Texas Ex and now Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Roy Miller, Howell remains in close contact with Miller after becoming close friends throughout the recruiting process. And Howell has some goals that are very similar to Miller's time on the Forty Acres.

"I want to be a good impact for my defense. I want to be an Academic All-American in college. If Roy can do it, I can do it," Howell said.

The senior defensive tackle earned a 28-5A 1st Team Selection for his Warren Warriors and is the #15 player in Texas on the Burnt Orange Beat 2009 Top 125 list.

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