Wide Receiver named to the All-NCCAA team

Making a catch in every game during his career, including 30 for TD's

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association announced their 2011 All-NCCAA Team, and it includes one of Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s all-time best players in wide receiver David Howard.

The 6-foot-3, 201-pound, senior from Dayton, Texas (northeast of Houston) was a mainstay in Head Coach Jesse Godding’s version of the spread option offense for four years. Howard was a mix of power and deceptive speed who was known for his route-running, hands and knack for latching onto the ball in traffic.

Think: the mentality of Jason Witten as a wide-out.

The NCCAA released their honored players on offense, defense and special teams on January 26. The announcement was made from their Greenville, South Carolina headquarters by Jerry Malone, the Director of Member Relations.

Greg Johnson (Northwestern College / Minn.) and Gene DeMarco (Geneva College / Pa.) coordinate the NCCAA’s football division and statistics.

“David Howard leaves SAGU as the all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns,” said Coach Godding. “He has had a tremendous career at SAGU! To see him gain recognition as a member of the All-NCCAA Football Team is rewarding for David and the SAGU football program.”

“His ability to make the difficult catch, gain separation from defenders and being physical were attributes that enhanced his ability as a football player beyond his character and leadership capabilities.”

High praise for Howard, who paid his dues while also serving as a team captain.

(See a summary of his statistical career below)

He appeared in 38 games and was never held without a catch. In fact, he had two or more receptions in 37 games.

Howard snared 172 balls for 2,692 yards, an average of 15.6 yards per grab. The former Dayton Bronco was particularly effective near the goal line. He capped his career with 30 touchdowns, or one in every 5.7 catches.

He also racked up eleven career 100-yard games.

His best season was during his junior campaign in 2009 when he reeled in 60 receptions for 800 yards and 10 TD’s. That included a 12-catch, 199-yard performance in a 37-34 setback against University of the Incarnate Word (NCAA Division II) of San Antonio, Texas.

Three of those catches went for scores. His longest gainer was a 70-yard catch and run.

Howard’s second best reception totals were a pair of games in which he pulled in eight. Against Austin College (NCAA D-III) in 2008, a 16-14 win at home, he gained 162 yards and crossed the goal twice.

A year later versus Bacone College, he rambled 142 yards and had a 93-yard TD on a pass from Jeremy Fowler. That play clinched the game and was the team's third straight win, 33-21, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Fowler threw for 342 yards that day, rallying the Lions to score the game's final 13 points. Detrick Green broke off a 55-yard TD jaunt for the other score to give Southwestern the lead, 26-21.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

 

#43 David Howard, WR, Career Summary

YEAR GP REC YARDS TD AVG 100-YDS NR
2007 9 26 467 4 18.0 3 #165
2008 9 39 705 8 18.1 2 #87
2009 10 60 800 10 13.3 3 #25
2011 10 47 720 8 15.3 3 #36
Total 38 172 2692 30 15.6 11 --

Key:  GP – Games Played. Rec – Receptions. TD – Touchdown Receptions. Avg – Average Yards per Catch. 100-Yds – Number of games in which he surpassed 100 yards. NR – National Ranking in the NAIA.

Most Catches in Game

YEAR REC OPPONENT OUTCOME
2007 7 @ Haskell University (KS) L 24-26
2008 8 Austin College (TX) W 16-14
2009 12 Incarnate Word (TX) L 34-37
2011 7 @ Bethany Collee (KS) L 21-29

Most Yards in Game

YEAR YDS OPPONENT OUTCOME
2007 152 @ Ottawa University (KS) L 29-42
2008 162 Austin College (TX) W 16-14
2009 199 Incarnate Word (TX) L 34-37
2011 147 Oklahoma Panhandle State L 22-38

Most TD’s a Game

YEAR TDS OPPONENT OUTCOME
2007 2 @ Ottawa University (KS) L 29-42
2008 2 Austin College (TX) W 16-14
2008 2 Haskell University (KS) W 66-14
2009 3 Incarnate Word (TX) L 34-37
2011 2 Oklahoma Panhandle State L 22-38
2011 2 @ Northwestern Oklahoma State L 39-62

Key: @ reflects away game, or a game at the opposition. L or W indicates whether SAGU won or lost, with the final score indicated. SAGU's score is on the left.
 

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Lions' 27-17 victory reveals much about team Turnovers, NAIA-leading players, offense growing pains WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In the aftermath of a thrilling road victory, So...

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Shakeem Taylor, Nat'l Player of the Week

Shakeem Taylor, Nat'l Player of the Week

Sep 11, 2012 - Football News

  Lions cornerback has four picks and a TD SAGU defense ranked #8, yielding 13.5 ppg WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association selected Shakeem Ta...

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Ekanem chosen for Holiday Bowl

Ekanem chosen for Holiday Bowl

Sep 11, 2012 - Football News

Cornerback to play in nationally televised game Pre-Season All-American in Dec. 17 All-Star game WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Nick Ekanem ...

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Lions win, 27-17; score 24 unanswered points

Lions win, 27-17; score 24 unanswered points

Sep 09, 2012 - Football News

Leuschner bounces back with winning TD Taylor returns INT 100-yds for touchdown BROWNWOOD, Texas  --  Saturday night’s college football game between Southwestern Assemblies...

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Lions travel to play Howard Payne

Lions travel to play Howard Payne

Sep 07, 2012 - Football News

Game kicks off at 6pm in Brownwood Follow the play-by-play, audio (links posted here) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The last time the Southwestern Assemblies of God University footbal...

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New Offensive Coordinator Introduced

New Offensive Coordinator Introduced

Sep 05, 2012 - Football News

Football Lions welcome Frank Tristan Target is utilizing playmakers WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  When it comes to great ideas, the excitement they cause in people is often a tru...

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Coach Godding talks Bethany game

Coach Godding talks Bethany game

Sep 03, 2012 - Football News

Quotes after 13-12 season-opening setback Positives, surprises, working areas targeted WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  After taking the nation’s #24 ranked team, Bethany College (Ks), t...

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#24 Bethany rallies past Lions, 13-12

#24 Bethany rallies past Lions, 13-12

Sep 03, 2012 - Football News

Late TD overcomes solid SAGU effort Lions yield 238 yds, force four turnovers WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The hunger games of college football go beyond who is most hungry. Oft...

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Hungry Lions begin new season today

Hungry Lions begin new season today

Sep 01, 2012 - Football News

2012 Team and Season Preview SAGU welcomes #24 ranked Bethany College WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  With the appetite of a farmhand at haytime, the football team at Southwestern Assem...

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Lions take to the gridiron today

Lions take to the gridiron today

Aug 13, 2012 - Football News

SAGU eyes winning football season 13 starters return to power Team Purple WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The sounds are unmistakable. The shrill of constant whistles may give it away, ...

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Football Lions to face 2 ranked teams

Football Lions to face 2 ranked teams

Aug 07, 2012 - Football News

SAGU meets #24 Bethany in opener NAIA announces Pre-Season Top 25 Poll WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The 2012 college football season kicks off for Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ...

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Pre-Season All-America team includes 3 Lions

Pre-Season All-America team includes 3 Lions

Jul 31, 2012 - Football News

USA College Sports and NCCAA selects trio Ekanem, Golson, Johnson counted on to lead SAGU WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team had...

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In good hands with All-Stater

In good hands with All-Stater

Jun 27, 2012 - Football News

Godley running back transfers to SAGU Landry Martinez loads up Lions backfield WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University, whose spread option offense has become as d...

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Recruit has earned his stripes

Recruit has earned his stripes

Jun 25, 2012 - Football News

Grandview HS Zebra named All-State Austin Martinez signs to play football and baseball WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Austin Martinez comes to Southwestern Assemblies of God University having...

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Football Lions eager for 2012 season

Football Lions eager for 2012 season

May 15, 2012 - Football News

NAIA lists Pre-Season Football Poll SAGU opens camp on August 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released the 2012 Pre-Season Football Top 25 Coac...

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Football game moved to OPSU

Football game moved to OPSU

Apr 08, 2012 - Football News

Game was to be played at Lumpkins Lions to face Aggies in Goodwell, Oklahoma WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s scheduled football game on Saturday, October 27...

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Football Schedule Announced

Football Schedule Announced

Mar 26, 2012 - Football News

Lions have six home games Homecoming is set for October 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team has announced their 2012 schedule, and it include...

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David Howard: A Prize Catch

David Howard: A Prize Catch

Feb 01, 2012 - Football News

Wide Receiver named to the All-NCCAA team Making a catch in every game during his career, including 30 for TD's WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association...

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Football Lions hungry for 2012 season

Football Lions hungry for 2012 season

Dec 26, 2011 - Football News

Unfinished business drives offseason plans Plus, NAIA, NCCAA post-season results WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- After staying in the playoff hunt in both the National Association of Intercollegiate A...

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