Trib HS Insider Q&A: Clairton's Titus Howard
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Titus Howard delivered hard hits as one-third of Clairton's Division I secondary in Thursday's victory over Monessen (with Tyler Boyd and Terrish Webb being the others). A senior and Pitt recruit, Howard (6-foot-4, 175 pounds) also leads the Bears this season with eight receptions.
Q: What inspired your Thursday night performance?
A: Actually, I was just so ready for that game. I was waiting a long time for Monessen, because they were saying that was going to be the team to beat us. I knew they had a real good quarterback (Chavas Rawlins) who was going to challenge me, so I was real hyped.
Q: With so much buildup, could there be a letdown?
A: We'll keep our heads on straight. Don't start getting cocky or anything like that. Keep coming to practice prepared to work. I don't think it will be a problem. It seems like everybody's still focused.
Q: Do you like the Black Hills' tougher lineup?
A: We're enjoying it a lot. We're liking the competition, it seems like the toughest (conference). These teams are actually trying to put up a fight against us. They're answering back.
Q: Did you record Thursday's game?
A: My parents had it on the DVR at the house so I could see it whenever I got home. I got home pretty late, so I only watched half. But I wanted to see a couple plays. My first hard hit, I wanted to see that.
Q: Do you prefer offense or defense?
A: Probably defense. I like to hit and tackle.
Q: Do you and Tyler Boyd battle in practice?
A: We do a lot of one-on-ones at practice. He'll win a couple; I've won a couple. We go at it a lot at practice. I feel like he's getting me better.
Q: What did you like about Pitt?
A: I like that they're close to home. They were always one of my favorite teams growing up. It felt like home. I've already played on (Heinz Field), so it just felt right.
Q: Do you have a favorite pass play at wideout?
A: They're all the same for me. I like going out there, running routes and feeling the ball in my hands. But I do like jumpball routes, because I'm taller; I could jump a little and use my body.
Q: How would Clairton fare against a Class AAA or AAAA team?
A: I think we would do pretty good. I know the guys on my team are not going to back down from any challenge. We'd go out there and play our hardest.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ghostly snailfish found at record depth
- Undersized Beachum quietly excels at 1 of game’s pivotal positions
- Steelers notebook: Polamalu, Taylor unlikely to play, Harrison ‘ready’
- EPA says it won’t reguluate coal ash as hazardous waste
- Penguins’ defensive depth proves valuable
- Assault suspect allowed to play H.S. basketball
- Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis
- Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year deal
- Despite intimidation, women still passionate about video games
- Penguins notebook: Kunitz ‘really close’ to return
- Foundation helps fill funding gap