Interview with Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard

B.Senior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2010

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Many college football experts label Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard as one of the most electrifying players ever to play the college game. 

While recently out promoting ESPN's Allstate Mayhem Football Challenge, Howard took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a couple of questions about wide variety of football-related topics.

Below is a slightly-abridged copy of that question and answer session.


Bret Feddern: Last night the Big Ten announced the divisional alignment. What are your thoughts on the new divisions?

Desmond Howard: "I don't have a problem with the alignment what so ever. I really don't. I think at the end of the day, football comes down to the same thing it has since it began, which is wins and losses.

"I don't care with division you're in. I don't care what conference you're in. I really don't even care how high or low you're ranked in most scenarios. If you go out there and do what you're supposed to do on the field, everything plays itself out on the end. I'm not one who gets all riled up.

"It's going to be proved on the field. That's just the way I look at it."


BF: It seems like everyone is pleased about keeping Ohio State vs. Michigan as the final game of the year. What are your thoughts? 

DH: "When I travel around doing what I do for a living, I speak to a lot of different fans. You'd be surprised at the amount of fans who have no connection whatsoever to Ohio State, Michigan, or the Big Ten Conference, that just love college football. You'd be surprised how many of these fans look forward to that Ohio State-Michigan.  

"It is what it is. It is a great rivalry between two of the most storied programs in all college football. It is an excellent opportunity for college football to be on that grand stage just for a regular season game. I think it is bigger than just a conference. A lot of college football fans love that rivalry. They love that game."


BF:  Do you think it will diminish anything from the rivalry if Ohio State and Michigan make it to the conference title game and have to play in back-to-back weeks?  Or will it add to the excitement?

DH: "I think it is going to be really interesting to see. I don't think personally it diminishes it, but we will see how it goes.  

"When you think about those two teams playing like that, it takes me back to when Troy Smith was at Ohio State. Michigan went to Columbus. It was No. 1 versus No. 2. Ohio State pulled it out but it was an epic match-up; an epic game.  

"A lot of college football enthusiasts wanted to see it again in the national championship. They were like, these two teams are still probably the best two teams that we've seen in college football.  

"Now obviously, Michigan did not get the nod. Florida got the nod and went on to just destroy Ohio State in that national championship game. But before that, there were a lot of people clamouring to see Michigan versus Ohio State in the national game just because that final game was so epic."


BF: Do any of the current wide receivers in the Big Ten remind you of yourself back in the day?  

DH: "It's hard to say that about myself without sounding like, ya know, I'm boosting. Maybe I haven't seen them, but I haven't seen a guy who returns kicks, punts, plays wide outs, runs reverses, and do all of those things that I did, ya know, effectively. Maybe he's out there and I just don't know who he is."


BF: Who would you rate as the best wide receiver in the Big Ten?

DH: "When you look at the opportunity a lot of these players will have to showcase their talent on a national stage, you can look at DeVier Posey from Ohio State. I think he did himself a lot of good with his performance in the Rose Bowl.  Now, there is a lot of buzz around Posey. Maybe he can become a Biletnikoff Award finalists in not winner.

"In the end, he is obviously going to have a big stage on September 11th when they play Miami. So, when you look at teams like that, who have big games and match-ups, I think [Posey] is the one that jumps out at me because of the opportunity. Being on the No. 2-ranked team in the country, having his second game nationally televised. Those are some of the factors that contribute to a player winning an individual award." 


BF: Being a Michigan Alum, do you watch HBO's Hard Knocks?  What do you think of Braylon Edwards' beard?

DH: "Ha ha. I do, I do. I was actually surprised by it. But if you notice, lately, he's groomed it. It's well groomed now. It's still full, but it's not raggedy. Now Braylon's a guy who is very cognizant of his appearance. I was surprised when I first saw it, but then if you check out the latest show, the beard is groomed.  

"I said, 'What are you trying to look like, a thin version of Kimbo Slice or something?'"