Getting to Know...Delano Howell

Oct. 1, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Originally recruited to Stanford as a running back, Delano Howell made the transition to strong safety before the start of spring drills and his name was immediately written in on top of the depth chart. That's how much head coach Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff thought of Howell, who wasted very little time making an impact at his new position.

'He can be our Troy Palamalu,' said head coach Jim Harbaugh, drawing a comparision to the Pittsburgh Steelers perennial Pro Bowler. Others liken Howell to Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts.

After four games, Howell ranks fifth on the team in total tackles with 19 and had a season-high nine stops in the season-opener at Washington State. Last week against Washington, Delano had two interceptions in Stanford's 34-14 win over Washington.

GoStanford.com recently caught with Delano and talked to him about the transition to his new position, his passions and Stanford football.

Entering your sophomore year here at Stanford, you're making the transition from running back to strong safety. What challenges do you expect at the new position??
'The adjustment from offense to defense is really huge. But with the help of the upperclassmen Bo [McNally] and [Austin] Yancy, they brought me up real quick, took me in. I've been watching extra film with them, asking them questions so it hasn't been too hard of an adjustment. But it's definitely a lot different than the offensive side.'

What are you looking forward to most this year?
'Just making a bigger contribution than I did last year. Last year, I was a freshman, mostly playing special teams. Each year you just try to gain more responsibility and I am trying to have a bigger responsibility on defense, as well as on special teams.

What makes Stanford Football unique?
'We're disciplined. Not only do we have to deal with class and football; we have a lot of discipline due to our coaches. We play with pride, we play with class. Not only do we focus on winning but we want to walk off the field with our heads held high, proud of what we accomplished that day.

How do you balance academics and athletics here at Stanford?
'Basically, just managing your time. Coaches are pretty good at giving us our schedules ahead of time and we know what's going on with our classes, so we just balance it out. We plan.'

What's your favorite thing about being a Stanford student-athlete?
'I have a whole football family. That's number one. Not only do I have the students here to be friends with, I have a great football family too. That's probably the best thing.'

How would your teammates describe you?'Maybe a bully in some ways. Competitive.'

What do you like to do outside of football?
'Bowling. If didn't play football, I'd try to be a professional bowler. I also like to go to Church, study the Bible.'

Do you have any superstitions or pre-game routines?
'Listening to music. No superstitions, really, I have too many things running through my head. I listen to Gospel the night before and Wayne on game day to get pumped up.'

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