Keenan Howry NFL Bio

The NFL's official bio on the Vikings' seventh-round draft pick, wide receiver Keenan Howry.

Keenan Howry
Wide Receiver
University of Oregon Ducks
Los Alamitos, California

Has a lean, athletic frame…Shows the proper ball concentration and mental toughness needed to make the tough catches in a crowd…Has the foot quickness and lateral agility to escape the jam…Shows the long speed and deep acceleration to defeat defenders on routes…Very good route runner with that extra gear and change of pace agility to con and sell his routes…Makes proper adjustment going up for the high pass and can easily separate with his burst…Has above average hands, plucking and reaching for the ball away from his body…Has the body control to settle into his patterns quickly, showing that extra gear to turn defenders around by stemming or using double moves…Has the awareness to settle or find the holes…Does a nice job of working with the quarterback when the passer is flushed out of the pocket…Has a smooth short-to-medium stride and sharp change-of-direction agility, with a fluid release off the line…Four-year starter accumulated more catches in his first two seasons than any other player in school history…Consistency remained a key to his success, catching at least one pass in his last 47 games as a collegian…He relies on his ability to break off the line of scrimmage quickly and then completes the process by utilizing deceptive speed…Uses superb concentration to make the difficult catch look easy….Finished his career with 173 receptions for 2,698 yards (15.6 avg) and 24 touchdowns, breaking the old school career-record of 162 catches by Cristen McLemore (1992-95) as his scores tied McLemore's all-time Oregon mark… Only Tony Hartley (2744, 1996-99) gained more yards receiving in school history…Set another school career-record with four punt returns for touchdowns, as his 1,221 yards on 104 punt returns broke the previous Oregon career-record of 1,182 yards by Terry Obee (1986-89)…Added 150 yards and a score on 13 carries (11.5 avg) and 45 yards on a pair of kickoff returns (22.5 avg)…His 4,114 all-purpose yards rank fourth in school annals.

All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection, becoming the Ducks first two-time All-Pac 10 pick since Ricky Whittle (1994-95)…Ranked second in the conference and 21st in the nation with 32 punt returns for 458 yards (14.3 avg) and two touchdowns…Only Leroy Phelps (17.0 avg, 1956) and Jim Shanley (17.6 avg, 1956) averaged more yards on punt returns in a season for the Ducks…Third on the team with 40 receptions for 784 yards (19.6 avg) and five scores…Carried eight times for 79 yards (9.9 avg)…Averaged 101.6 all-purpose yards per game.

Idaho…Made 3 catches for 62 yards.
Arizona…Had a 33-yard scoring catch and 5 punt returns for 48 yards.
UCLA…Caught 3 passes for 87 yards and a 74-yard touchdown, adding a 79-yard score on a punt return.
Southern California…Caught 7 passes for 147 yards, including touchdowns of 54 & 31 yards.
Stanford…Had 3 catches for 87 yards and 3 punt returns for 31 yards.
Portland State…Gained 45 yards on 4 catches and 16 yards on 3 punt returns.
Washington State…Amassed 49 yards on 3 catches.
Oregon State…Caught 4 passes for 142 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown, and returned 5 punts for 81 yards with a 63-yard score.
Wake Forest (Seattle Bowl)…Closed out his career with 5 catches for 50 yards and 2 punt returns for 57 yards.

Associated Press All-American third-team choice…All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection as a receiver and punt returner…Named Pac 10 Player of the Week vs. Stanford…Started every game, leading the team with 52 receptions for 682 yards (13.1 avg) and nine touchdowns…Gained 51 yards on 4 carries (12.8 avg) with one touchdown…Returned 35 punts for 469 yards (13.4 avg) and two touchdowns.

Wisconsin…Caught 7 passes for 90 yards, carried twice for 22 yards and returned 2 punts for 18 yards.
Fresno State…Made 5 catches for 47 yards with 25 & 14-yard touchdowns.
Stanford…Had 9 receptions for 152 yards, including 4 & 39-yard touchdowns and set a school game-record with 186 yards on 5 punt returns with a 69-yard score…His 338 all-purpose yards rank second on the school's game-record list.
Arizona State…Ran for a 25-yard score, returned 3 punts for 8 yards and caught 9 passes for 126 yards and a school game-record 4 touchdowns.
Colorado (Fiesta Bowl)…Caught 3 passes for 33 yards and a score, adding 4 yards on a reverse and 4 yards on 3 punt returns.

All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention…Started every game but one…Led the team with 52 catches for 780 yards (15.0 avg) and five touchdowns…Completed two of three passes for 71 yards and a score…Returned two kickoffs for 45 yards (22.5 avg) and 36 punts for 282 yards (7.8 avg).

Idaho…Scored twice on 5 catches for 101 yards.
Southern California…Had 8 receptions for 126 yards.
Arizona State…Caught 4 passes for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Texas (Holiday Bowl)…Made 5 catches for 59 yards.

Recipient of the Len Casanova Award, given to the team's top newcomer…Played in every game as a true freshman, starting eight contests at split end…Made 29 catches for 452 yards (15.6 avg) and tied for the squad lead with five touchdowns…Also had a 12-yard punt return.

Washington…Had 4 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.
UCLA…Had 6 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Washington State…Gained 68 yards on 4 catches with one touchdown.
Minnesota (Sun Bowl)…Made 3 catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

4.41 in the 40-yard dash.

Attended Los Alamitos (Cal.) High…Awarded seven of ten votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best of the West list as well as included on the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100… USA Today honorable mention All-American accumulated 73 receptions for 1320 yards and 17 touchdowns to earn Sunset League MVP acclaim his senior year…Two-time All-State, All-CIF and All-Orange County honoree…Also posted 46 tackles and three interceptions in his final campaign.

General Studies major…Son of Glenda and Daniel Howry…Born Keenan Rashaun Howry on 6/17/81 in Los Angeles, California…Resides in Los Alamitos, California.

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