Overview: Avery Howsare is a senior who started off his college career at California University of PA before transferring to Clarion University. He is versatile, has a great football I.Q. and has a good motor. In 2017, he had 43 tackles, three forced fumbles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery. He was also one of the players who was invited and participated in the National Bowl and Tropical Bowl.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Avery, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Clarion University?
AH: Coming out of High School I was looking at a couple PSAC Schools. I ended up going to California University of PA for my first year then ended up transferring to Clarion University to play with my brother Julian Howsare.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
AH: I played in two all-star games so far (National and Tropical Bowl) where I believed I played very well and showed I can play against higher competition. I also will be attending a pro day as well which will be another opportunity for me to showcase my skills and athleticism.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
AH: I would say some of my strengths are my versatility, football intelligence, and constant motor on the field. As far as weaknesses go, I am still new to playing linebacker, so I am still yet to reach my full potential, but I think that can also be a positive because I know I still have a lot of room to grow at the linebacker position through experience.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
AH: My athletic ability for my size, football intelligence, and potential. I would also say my high motor on the field and work ethic off the field is another key attribute that separates me from other players.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
AH: I think Ryan Shazier and my brother, Julian Howsare are two people I resemble on the field. Both are versatile athletes. They are good at dropping into coverage as well as being able to come down hill and play the run. Both Julian and Ryan are players I pay extra attention to and watch their film as much as possible.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
AH: I would say Jordan Morgan is the toughest player I have ever played against. Jordan is a very talented, athletic, and physical lineman. He is currently playing for the Chicago Bears.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
AH: I first fell in love with the game the second I started playing it which was when I was about 8 years old. I have always been a competitive person, so I think what really made me fall in love with football right away was the competitive spirit the sport had.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
AH: On game day I always stick with the same routine. As soon as I wake up I make sure I am thinking about the game and nothing else that is going on around me. I will usually take a couple minutes to look over the game plan. Usually right before the game I listen to some music to get me in my zone.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
AH: You only get out what you put into it. It is simple, but also very true. Nothing is going to be given to you, you’re always going to have to work for what you want. I pride myself on working hard every day in order to see the results I want.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
AH: I just transitioned to the Linebacker position, so I am still yet to reach my full potential. I am going to work on my craft and continue to get better every day. I am willing to do what it takes to help the team succeed on the field.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Avery Howsare for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @ahowsare_13
You can check out his highlights here.
Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.