Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Ethan Howard to Make His Way to Coastal Carolina

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Ethan Howard to Make His Way to Coastal Carolina

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BROOKWOOD | Ethan Howard has meant a lot to Brookwood High School's football program since the 6-foot-6-inch, 270-pound offensive lineman was talked into switching sports from golf to football his sophomore year.

Howard had never played a down, but he worked harder than any player, never complained and became a leader for his teammates on and off the field. Head coach Ricky Bush and his staff took Howard in and watched him develop from what the coach described as a 16- year-old "bean-pole" into a stalky, college lineman-sized man.

That work paid off Wednesday when Howard signed with Coastal Carolina, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision School in Conway, S.C.

Howard's progression was as much emotional as it was physical, and during the past two years, Brookwood football impacted Howard just as much as he impacted it.

The first time Howard strapped up his football gear for Brookwood, he was still mourning the death of his mother, Pam Howard, who lost her life to breast cancer. …

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