Drafted: Pick 7 of the 7th round by Minnesota
Positives: Has a lean, athletic frame with some muscle definition...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 the body's framework...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.
Negatives: Despite showing good arm extension, he still tends to body catch the ball...His lack of size and bulk is a problem, as he struggles to get off the line when defenders place a hand on him...Shows inconsistencies as a blocker, as he does not have the leg drive to sustain...Not really a burner, relying more on his moves to compensate for a lack of vertical speed.
The four-year starter certainly proved he was just as capable of maintaining the same level of excellence in the spotlight as he did the previous two years in a supporting role...He took the next step as one of the Pac-10's elite after accumulating 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...Completes the package with superb concentration to make the difficult catch look easy....Finished his career with 173 receptions for 2698 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 1221 yards on 104 punt returns broke the previous Oregon career-record of 1182 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 4114 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 a pair of 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 grab and 5 punt returns for 48 yards.
UCLA...Snared 3 passes for 87 yards and a 74-yard touchdown, adding a 79-yard score on a punt return.
Southern California...Hauled in 7 passes for 147 yards, including touchdowns of 54 & 31 yards.
Stanford...Followed with 3 catches for 87 yards and 3 punt returns for 31 yards.
Washington...Turned over the ball on a fumble after a 19-yard grab, making a solo tackle on the play.
Portland State...Gained 45 yards on 4 catches and 16 yards on 3 punt returns.
Washington State...Collected 49 yards on 3 catches.
Oregon State...Grabbed 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 with a score on four carries (12.8 avg)...Returned 35 punts for 469 yards (13.4 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.
Wisconsin...Caught 7 passes for 90 yards, ran twice for 22 yards and returned 2 punts for 18 yards.
Fresno State...Made 5 catches for 47 yards with 25 & 14-yard scores.
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 snared 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.
Postseason...Underwent left shoulder surgery after the season (1/17).
All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention...Started every game, except vs. Arizona State...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...Came off the bench to snare 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 score.
UCLA...Followed with 6 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Washington State...Gained 68 yards with a score on 4 grabs.
Minnesota (Sun Bowl)...Made 3 catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Underwent left shoulder surgery after the 2001 season (1/17).
Campus Agility Tests
4.41 in the 40-yard dash.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
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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