6 Minutes with Muir football coach Ken Howard (video)

Altadena Patch sits down with Mustangs head coach to discuss the state of the program as start of fall camp approaches.

The Muir Mustangs should be one of the more exciting football teams in the San Gabriel Valley this season. Muir boasts two game-changers in wideout Kevon Seymour -- a 4-star prospect who's received more than 50 offers from college programs across the nation -- and running back Tarien Owens, who recently gave a verbal commitment to the University of Washington.

But aside from the known commodities in Seymour and Owens, the rest of the roster is more or less a gigantic question mark.

Muir returns just eight players from last year's varsity squad (other notable returners include receiver/safety Tyquwan Glass, and linebacker Denzel Talifero). Howard said some of the younger players really stepped up during the summer workouts, including rising junior center Addison Farmer and quarterback Josh Washington, who should replace graduated Jeffrey Davis at first-team QB.

For much of the summer, though, the Mustangs have been without their star receiver as Seymour has spent the past couple of months shuffling between various elite camps at schools like UCLA, USC and Tennessee. One of the biggest points of emphasis for Muir once fall camp begins will be ensuring the Washington has his timing down with Seymour and can consistently get him the ball in areas where he can do some damage.

Another thing to watch will be the health of Owens. Howard said that Owens suffered a dislocated left elbow at a UCLA camp.

In other Mustang football news, Howard said a number of former players would continue their football careers at various schools this fall. Davis will play for East Los Angeles College; offensive linemen Christian Lopez and Harold Chapman will suit up for College of the Canyons; defensive lineman and Dennis Vaughn is headed to Western Arizona.

Danny Huerta will attend UC Davis, while Destiny Iwuoma was accepted to UC Berkeley.


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