Garden City gets a good one in Howard

At 6-5, 235, one might think Garden City QB Ryan Howard is a statue who throws the ball instead of being a threat with his legs. However, that isn't the case and his athleticism is the reason he's now set to quarterback the Broncbuster offense this fall instead of competing for the starting signal-caller spot at West Texas A&M...

"They wanted to move me to wide receiver and that wasn't what I wanted to do," Howard told recently. "I'm a quarterback in my mind and for them to try and move me, it just wasn't going to work out so luckily my dad knew some of the coaches up here and that's why I decided to come up here and give it another shot."

With his prototypical height and weight, Howard is a player who should attract a lot of attention this fall.

"He's a big kid who has the athleticism to run around a little, but we'll use him as a pocket-guy who can throw the ball all over the place and be a leader for us," Garden City defensive coordinator Jacob Cox told last week. "With his size, he can easily get looks from some D-1 programs after they see what he can do."

One of the things that Howard brings to the table is leadership and confidence, two traits necessary to be a top-flight quarterback.

"I have to go out and compete every day, but from what the coaches have told me, after the spring I had here, it's my job to lose right now," Howard said. "I'm real confident in what I can do and the offense here has a lot of weapons for me to use so it should be a fun season for us."

Howard redshirted the 2007 with West Texas A&M, so after this season he will have two years to play two once he signs with a school in December.

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