Clarion’s Howsare 2nd Team FB Gazette All-American

J. Howsare (2)Pittsburg, Ks. (EYT) – The All-America honors for Clarion University senior defensive end Julian Howsare (Altoona) continued today as Don Hansen’s Football Gazette announced that Howsare was selected as an NCAA Division II Second Team All-American at Defensive End.

In addition to his Second Team NCAA Division II All-America selection today, Howsare was also named as a First Team A-A choice on the squad at the end of January.

The Don Hansen Football Committee selected the All-American team representing all four Super Regions across Division II. In January, Super Region committees selected the All-Region teams with first and second team All Region players advancing to the national ballot.

“We again congratulate Julian on being named to the Football Gazette All-America team today,” said new Clarion head football coach Chris Weibel. “Julian was a great player and leader on our team for four years and we were so proud to have him here and wearing blue & gold. His hard work, dedication and sacrifice has brought him all these awards. He deserves them”

Howsare, a 6-3, 255-pound, senior, defensive end from Altoona, Pa., was named a finalist for both the Cliff Harris Award, and the Gene Upshaw Award at the end of the 2014 season. The Harris award is the top defensive player in Division II, and the Upshaw Award was for the top lineman in Division II.
Also a first team Daktronics and FB Gazette Super Region 1 choice this season, Julian was honored as the PSAC-West Defensive “Player of the Year” in 2014 for the second straight season. Also a First Team PSAC-West choice, a team captain in 2014 and consensus pre-season All-American, Howsare had his third consecutive outstanding season for the Golden Eagles. In 2014 Howsare led Clarion with 86 tackles, 48 solo tackles, 11 sacks for -58 yards, 16 tfl’s for -69 yards, 5 pass break-ups, 3 blocked kicks, 3 fumbles caused, 3 qb hurries and 2 fumble recoveries.

A two-time PSAC-West Defensive “Player of the Week” in 2014, he was honored in Clarion’s 55-16 win over Millersville and in the Eagles 41-35 overtime loss to Kutztown. In the Millersville game Howsare had 10 tackles (5 solo), 2 sacks for -8 yards and recovered a Marauder fumble and returned it 23 yards. Versus Kutztown he had 8 tackles, 6 solo, 2 sacks for -15 yards, blocked a punt, caused a fumble, had 2 qb hurries and 2 broken-up passes in the game.

Other top games this year include 16 tackles and a blocked kick vs Slippery rock; 2 sacks, an interception, 1 fumble caused, 1 break-up and a qb hurry vs Cal; 9 stops, 3 tfl’s, 1 sack and 1 pass break-up vs IUP.

The 2013 PSAC-West “Defensive Player of the Year”, Howsare was a Third Team Football Gazette All-American in 2013. He posted 83 hits, 46 solos, 18 tfl’s (-75 yards), 10 sacks (-58 yards), 4 break-ups, 4 blocked kicks, 2 int’s and 2 fumbles caused in 2013. He was also voted as a Honorable Mention All-American, a First Team FB Gazette Super Region 1 and First Team PSAC-West selection.

In 2012 Howsare was also voted as a Third Team FB Gazette All-American, a First Team All-Region and First Team PSAC-West choice. He made 58 stops, 16 tfl’s(-102 yards), 14 sacks (-89 yards), 2 blocked kicks and 3 break-ups in 2012.

In his outstanding career Julian finished with 256 tackles, 57 tfl’s (-270), 39 sacks (-220), 10 blocked kicks, 14 break-ups, 9 fumbles caused, 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries in 43 games.

The son of Karyn Stalter and John Howsare, he is a Sports Management major and is a Clarion Scholar Athlete.

CLARION NOTES: The Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on August 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Illinois, started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA D-II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

A total of 193 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors. Players from 92 of the 160 football playing schools in D-II earned All-America honors. National Champion CSU-Pueblo led the way with 9 on the A-A squad, with Minnesota State landing 8 honorees.

FB Gazette Special Award Winners this year include — Ferris St. QB Jason Vander Laan as the Offensive P.O.Y; CSU-Pueblo Def. End Darius Allen as the Defensive P.O.Y; Etauj Allen of Ouchita Baptist as the Special Teams P.O.Y; Marcus Martin of Slippery Rock (DE) as the Freshman of the Year and CSU-Pueblo Head Coach John Wristen as the National Coach of the Year after leading his team to the national championship.

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