Will Howard: Quarterback
High School: Downingtown West
College: Kansas State
Weight: 205 lbs
- 2,854 Passing Yards in 2019 (6,029 in Career)
- 30 Passing Touchdowns in 2019 (53 in Career)
- 432 Rushing Yards in 2019
- 12 Rushing Touchdowns in 2019 (24 in Carreer)
- 2019 District 1 Champion
Will Howard has one of the best College/NFL style builds coming out of high school in recent memory. At a staggering 6-foot-4 and 205 lbs, Howard already looks the role of a dominant quarterback. But, he has much more than that. Will can move around well in the pocket and rush for some pretty good gains. On top of that, he can throw the ball like it is nobody’s business. Besides all of that, Will has one of the best things that you need going forward, and that is a great attitude. Howard has always been a team player, always shouting out and giving credit to his teammates. He is a humble kid. With traits like that, you can go far, and with everything else that Will has, he can go a long way.
Howard sat down with The Painted Lines to discuss his high school career and transition to college ball.
What was your favorite moment at Downingtown West?
My favorite moment was definitely winning that district championship against Coatesville.
What did it mean to you to help lead the Whippets to arguably their best season in recent history?
It meant everything to me. I knew I had more to give to this school and this team and more to prove to everyone. After being hurt last year, I was super motivated to have a great year. I knew that our team was a special group with some really special players. It means so much that we made history and will be remembered around here for a while.
What led you to choose Kansas State?
What led me to K-State was really the people. The coaches, the players, and the fans all were just so supportive and awesome. The coaches were so genuine, and they just wanted what was best for me. I felt so comfortable there, and other than the distance, there was really nothing that I didn’t love. I feel like there’s an opportunity for me to come in and make an impact early, and I can’t wait to get started out there.
Who do you thank most for your success?
There are a ton of people that I could thank for my success. All my coaches as I grew up, my quarterback coaches and mentors, Coach Milano and my high school coaches, but I feel like no one had more of an impact on me than my parents. They fostered my love for the game and taught me how to be a man. I learned how to be a good sport, how to be humble, and how to treat everyone I come in contact with, and I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for me.
What goals do you have set for yourself at Kansas State?
At K-State, obviously my goal is to play as early as possible. I am going to come in with no other expectations than to get onto the field and impact the team as soon as I can. I am ready to work harder than ever.
Are there any quarterbacks that you model your game after?
If there’s any quarterback that I would say I model my game after, I would have to say it would be Carson Wentz. Growing up, I was a big Peyton Manning fan, but I really like how Carson is a pocket passer that can also move very well.
What are your hobbies outside football?
Outside of football, I play basketball and I enjoy spending time with my friends.
Do you have any messages for your coaches from either your past or your future?
I just want to say thank you to all my coaches for everything that you have done for me. Every coach in every sport has impacted me in a unique way and took time out of their busy lives to help me better myself as a player and a person. I appreciate you all and thank you.
Now that matchup a few weeks ago against Coatesville was considered by some to be probably one of the best games this season. What was that matchup like with so many eyes on you, going up against arguably the other great quarterback in recent memory besides you in Ricky Ortega?
That game was awesome. The energy around our team and our school all week was so cool. Coatesville had been the top dogs and had walked all over us for a few years, and we knew this was the year to change that. Ricky is a hell of a player, and I have nothing but respect for him. I knew it was going to be a great game, and a lot of people were saying it was one of the biggest games in Ches-Mont history. Coming out on top on the biggest stage against those guys was amazing. I couldn’t think of a better end to our careers on Kottmeyer. It meant the world to us.