A Missouri high school quarterback is turning heads -- for his waistline.
Howard Brown, a two-way star at Lincoln College Prep in Kansas City, is headed to a major college football program as a stout-looking defensive lineman -- but in the meantime he's tearing it up as a quarterback.
In addition to starring as a defensive tackle -- a position befitting his 6-foot-2, 300-pound frame -- Brown also leads his team on the offensive side of the ball from under center.
The beefy teen is adept in the passing game, where he tossed 17 touchdowns to just two picks last year while leading his team to an 11-1 record, according to 247Sports.
But it's the running game where he's most effective -- trucking and dragging defenders who make the mistake of trying to tackle him.
On one such play in his team's recent game against Maryville, Brown drops back to pass before deciding to tuck the ball and run, leaving a trail of devastation in his wake before sauntering out of bounds after a 28-yard gain.
It's an amusing sight but an unusual one at higher levels of competitive football, where skill sets like Brown's are most coveted in the trenches. He will make the full-time transition to defensive tackle next season with Iowa State, where he committed earlier this year.
But that doesn't mean Brown doesn't have serious athletic chops. He can dunk a basketball, has run a respectable 4.88 40-yard dash, and runs what his coach calls a fairly complex playbook, 247Sports reported.
“The thing I get upset about, and people laugh at him at quarterback, is it’s not a gimmick,” Lincoln coach William Lowe told the outlet in July. “He plays quarterback because he can legit play and do everything we ask.”
Brown's Lincoln team lost to Maryville, falling to 4-2 on the season so far.