Interactive Q&A: Delano Howell

S Delano Howell

He's lit up the stat sheet throughout the season, and he lit up Arizona State with a hit last week that will not soon be forgotten. Now, let Delano Howell light up your monitor, as he goes toe to toe with our very own Wyndam Makowsky.

Q: Do you miss being on the offensive side of the ball?

A: I miss some aspects of being a running back; it's always fun to get the ball in your hands and be the center of attention. But right now I'm focused on defense and I wouldn't ask for anything else but to be on defense.

Q: Are there plans in the future for you to play more offense?

A: No, I'm a safety now.

Q: You're at strong safety. Where do you see yourself now and in the future? Strong? Free?

A: I see myself as a strong safety, but I'd like to be able to do the job of a free safety, too. I'd like to be able to go back and forth, depending on where I'm needed on the field. Hopefully, I can get the job done.

Q: What do you see as the benefits of the two positions?

A: I like contact, I like to hit. That's what a safety needs.

Q: Speaking of hitting, you've had a tendency for the big hit. What's the mentality when you're in that situation?

A: I'm going in for the kill every single time. It's a physical game, so you've got to bring everything you've got every single time.

Q: You got the Arizona State game ball.

A: True.

Q: What's your reaction to that?

A: It felt good to get the game ball, but it's a team effort, so you could have given the game ball to anybody.

Q: How are you feeling? You were a little nicked up. Fine now?

A: I feel fine, my body feels great.

Q: In terms of the Arizona State game, you guys had excellent coverage all game, and then at the end there was a touchdown to T.J. Simpson where he broke free. What happened?

A: It was just a broken coverage. But we fixed it so we'll make sure it doesn't happen again.

Q: You've had a lot of rotation in the secondary. A lot of different starters, and a lot of guys getting a lot of action. As a safety, is it harder having different guys, as you're not entirely sure what they're going to do?

A: I wouldn't say that. Our team as a whole—in terms of the defensive backs—has a lot of chemistry, so if you throw anyone in there we're going to play well together.

Q: Who is the hardest team you've faced so far?

A: I look at every team the same. I think if we get beat, then we didn't do our job. I face every opponent with the idea that if we get the job done, then we'll be all right. But the hardest team we've faced? I couldn't really tell you.

Q: How many of your coverages are man versus zone, and which do you prefer?

A: (Laughing) I don't want to answer that question.

Q: Fair, but which do you prefer?

A: I like to put a little pressure on them, so I prefer some man every now and then.

Q: How about blitzing?

A: I love blitzing!

Q: What about it?

A: You're just gunning for the quarterback. It's getting home—that's what we call it. Getting home and getting to the quarterback.

Q: What are you focusing on right now during Improvement Week?

A: Fixing mistakes. We're making sure we get some of the details down.

Q: What were your expectations coming into Stanford?

A: Winning.

Q: On a personal level?

A: Getting on the field, starting. Being able to give the greatest contribution possible to my team.

Q: In terms of your play, what are your biggest strengths?

A: Going hard. Going hard all the time.

Q: Can you assess Oregon a little bit? You have this huge stretch coming up, and Oregon might set the tone a little bit.

A: I mean, they're a really good team, so it's going to be a physical game. I think the team that is the most physical is going to come out with the victory.

Q: Off the field, what do you enjoy?

A: I mean, what any other college student does. (Laughing) You know what I mean? I could say something [more], but I'm not going to.


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