After the fourth week of the football season, fifth year defensive back Mike Howard was selected as Canada West Special Teams Football Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 23.
Mike Howard had a major impact throughout the big match-up of #2 Saskatchewan and #4 Manitoba. Howard led the special teams and defense as they held the top conference offense to 10 points in the 15-10 home win on Saturday, September 22. The #4 ranked Bisons improved their record to 4-0 in the 2007 season.
Howard was the team and game-leader with nine tackles with two tackles for losses of 23 yards. He had two tackles in the first quarter, four tackles in the second quarter and three tackles in the third.
Howard was strong on the special teams aspect as two of the tackles for losses were on attempted field goal kicks that were snuffed out by Howard in the second and third quarter. He nullified a potential six points on the board for the Huskies that would have been the difference in the game. He also was the main reason the Huskies kicker Braden Suchan missed a 36 yard FG in the second as Howard stormed around the end and disrupted his delivery and forced a miss.
Howard leads the Bisons and is 13th in the conference with 25 tackles after four games.
The Bisons have been honoured for four consecutive weeks for Canada West football weekly honours. In week three, second year running back Matt Henry was Canada West Offense Football Athlete of the Week. In week two, fifth year safety Bob Reist was named conference defense football athlete of the week while in week one, Bison kicker Scott Dixon was named CIS and Canada West Special Teams Football Athlete of the Week.
The Bisons have the conference bye this week and resume playing next week on the road against the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday, October 6 at 3 p.m. CT.