Class Acts: Hayden Howerton encourages teammates, while pushing past defenses

KATY, Texas - Hayden Howerton is a punishing offensive lineman against opponents, but when it comes to his own Katy Tigers, he plays the role of 'encourager.'

"First off, I try to lead by example," the Katy captain said. "I'm not always a guy to open my mouth and be like 'look at me, look at me.' I try to be the guy who sets the example for everybody else to hopefully follow. If someone isn't stepping up and doing their job, I'll be like, 'hey, come on, you got this.' I'm the encourager."

Howerton is a senior leader for the Tigers.  Off the field, he's a member of National Honor Society.

"Very loyal kid," Katy coach Gary Joseph said of Howerton. "Hayden is one of those kids people want to get out and support.  I think he'll be a successful businessman. I think he'll be a successful father, husband. He'll do things the right way."

After high school, Howerton has committed to play football at Rice University.

"I love the people there," Howerton said. "I love the coaches there. Coach Bailiff is one of my favorite people on this earth. You can tell they're true people. It's not fake."

In the future, Howerton says he'd like to stay involved with sports, hoping to become an athletic director one day.