Todd Howard, who possesses both NFL playing and coaching experience, is in his fifth season as UCLA's defensive line coach. In 2009, junior tackle Brian Price earned first-team All-America honors and recorded 23.5 tackles for loss, the highest total ever by a Bruin lineman. Price, a defensive tackle, was also honored as the Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Defensive ends Korey Bosworth and Datone Jones combined for 25.0 tackles for loss.
In 2008, Price earned first-team All-Pac-10 and Sophomore All-America honors and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with 14.0 tackles for loss. Senior Brigham Harwell was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick (coaches) and Bosworth ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in sacks (7.5), averaging 0.62/g.
In the 2007 campaign, despite numerous injuries along the line, the Bruins finished the season ranked 14th in rushing defense (109.2), 29th in total defense (343.23), 29th in scoring defense (22.3) and third in third down conversion defense (29.1%). In addition, the defense ranked second nationally in tackles for loss per game average (8.77), tied for 15th in sacks per game (3.00) and tied for 17th in fumbles recovered (14).
Defensive end Bruce Davis led the team in 2007 with 12.0 sacks (tied for first in Pac-10) and 15.5 tackles for loss. Davis' two-year total of 24.5 sacks is second only to Dave Ball (27.5 in 2002,2003) for the most ever by a Bruin in back-to-back seasons. Kevin Brown added seven tackles for loss and four sacks. Returning players Korey Bosworth, Tom Blake, Jess Ward, Brian Price and Jerzy Siewierski also had productive seasons.
In 2006, his first at UCLA, the line showed marked improvement over previous years. His two ends, Justin Hickman, a consensus All-American, and Davis, who earned first-team All-America honors, tied for first in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation with 12.5 quarterback sacks. Tackles Brigham Harwell and Brown also flourished under the new coach.
Howard spent the previous three seasons (2003-05) in the National Football League with the Jacksonville Jaguars, serving as assistant defensive line coach. He assisted the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation, including scouting reports, the statistical analysis of opponents' tendencies and the preparation of playbooks. He, along with defensive line coach Ray Hamilton, oversaw the Jaguars' defensive line. In 2005, Jacksonville led the NFL in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (four). In addition, the Jaguars ranked third (tied) with 47 quarterback sacks, sixth in total defense (290.9 yards) and 14th in rushing defense (106.8 yards). Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud earned a Pro Bowl appearance for the third straight time and defensive tackle John Henderson was an alternate in 2005 after making the team in 2004.
Howard has 13 years of experience coaching in college and five in the NFL, in addition to having played in the NFL for two seasons. He spent three seasons (2000-2002) as the linebackers coach at Louisiana Tech. Prior to that, he was a defensive assistant for two years (1998-1999) with the St. Louis Rams, who won the Super Bowl in Howard's second season. With the Rams, he assisted with the linebackers in the area of pass-rushing techniques, as well as working on defensive game preparation, film evaluation and quality control.
For one month prior to joining the Jaguars, Howard was the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Southwest Texas State. He began his coaching career in 1991 at Texas A&M and was a member of three Southwest Conference champion coaching staffs. He coached at Grinnell (Iowa) College from 1994 through 1997, and served as the defensive coordinator in 1996 and 1997. In addition, he was a member of the NFL's minority coaching program with the Washington Redskins in their 1997 training camp, helping on defense.
Howard was a third-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987 and played in the NFL for two seasons as an inside linebacker and on the special teams. He played for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League in 1991 and was on injured reserve throughout the 1992 season. Howard was an all-conference and honorable mention All-America at Texas A&M, where he started at linebacker for three seasons (1984-86) on teams which won a pair of conference titles.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- California (CIF L.A. City Section).
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Sociology from Texas A&M, 1991; Master's in Human Resources from Texas A&M, 1995; At UCLA: Fifth year (joined the staff in February of 2006); Born: February 18, 1965 in Bryan, TX; Family: Todd has three children,
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