De'Arrius Howard Named to SEC Good Works Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.Senior tailback De’Arrius Howard has been named to the Southeastern Conference Good Works Team. Howard was chosen for his participation in various community service and campus activities.

Each week, Jefferson-Pilot Sports highlights a representative of the 2005 SEC Good Works Team. Howard will be recognized on this weekend’s telecast of the Arkansas-Georgia game on Jefferson-Pilot Sports.

“We are proud of De’Arrius and the contributions he has made on and off the field during his career,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “De’Arrius has a big heart. He always takes time to give something back to his community. He has managed to balance school, football and community service in a limited timeframe. That is an impressive accomplishment.”

The West Memphis, Ark., native has been active in the community since he arrived on campus. Howard has been a member of the APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Committee and attended the APPLE national conference as a UA representative in each of the past three years. He has joined other UA student-athletes in serving Thanksgiving dinner to residents of a local retirement center since 2001. He has been a regular participant in the Razorback for a Day program which matches underprivileged children with a student-athlete for a day of mentoring and fun.

He has been active in the Book Hogs reading program for three years. The program promotes reading among elementary school children including providing UA student-athletes to read for classes in Northwest Arkansas.

Earlier this fall, Howard traveled with other UA student-athletes to visit Hurricane Katrina evacuees at a shelter near Siloam Springs, Ark.

Howard participated in commencement exercises last spring and is currently finishing up his undergraduate degree in kinesiology.