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Cougars get call, Howell doesn't

Posted: April 29, 2008 2:17 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.
There were three National Football League prospects with local ties going into this past weekend's NFL Draft.

Arizona State and former College of the Canyons cornerback Justin Tryon was selected in the fourth round by the Washington Redskins. Oregon State and former COC linebacker Joey LaRocque was taken by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round.

But Hart High graduate and University of Washington linebacker Dan Howell did not get selected in the draft nor has he been approached yet about signing a free agent deal with any team.

"A little bit," Howell said on if he's disappointed. "It's a business. Unless you present something that's different from everybody else you might not get (taken)."

Howell will graduate from Washington in June with a degree in sociology.

He is open to playing professionally in the Arena Football League, should that opportunity present itself.

"Don't lose faith or hope," he said of his future. "God works in mysterious ways."

The better news came for College of the Canyons, which has now had six former players taken in the draft since the program was reinstated in 1998.

Former Cougars Domata Peko (Cincinnati Bengals), J.J. Arrington (Arizona Cardinals), Jonathan Fanene (Bengals) and Isaac Sopoaga (San Francisco 49ers) are all on NFL rosters.


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