North County's Howard is top Scholar-Athlete

March 11, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Eric Howard of North County had success on and off the football field last fall. Last night, he was honored for it.

Howard won the grand prize at the 30th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner at Martin's West. The Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame sponsored the event.

Howard was one of five regional winners. The other regional winners were Ben Strutt (St. Paul's), Butch Iglesias Jr. (Kenwood), Greg Seward (Hammond) and Terrence Suber (City). Suber was the The Baltimore Sun's Offensive Player of the Year in 1992.

As grand-prize winner, Howard receives a $4,000 scholarship. The other four honorees get $1,500 scholarships.

Howard, as quarterback, handled the Knights' run-and-shoot offense with style, throwing for 29 touchdowns as North County went 10-2, advancing to the Class 4A state semifinals.

"It feels good," said Howard, who will attend Maryland. "Anybody could have won it. I thought I had a pretty good chance for the regional award."

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete also plays baseball and basketball for the Knights.

Academically, he is ranked in the top 5 percent of his class.

Howard was selected to the The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro football team.

Also, the A. Paul Menton Award was presented to City College, which posted a 10-0 record and extended its unbeaten streak to 20. City, No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun's poll, also was ranked nationally by USA Today.

Mike Kozub, from Navy, was named the College Scholar Athlete of the Year. Kozub holds a 3.63 grade-point average and won three varsity letters in football.

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