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Fever Add Big Cog in Their Defensive Wheel

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Fever continue to add and subtract players from their team, in hopes of improving their 3-5 record.

One of the latest additions is 6'5", 320-lb. defensive lineman, Dave Howell. He made quite a 1st impression in his 1st game. Against Kent last week, his mere presence forced poor snap exchanges and led to a 71-24 victory, the team's best defensive performance in years.

And that big win is something that is not going unnoticed by the Fever.

"Probably the only time that's ever happened to me was in high school," said Howell. "You know, outside of that, that's probably the most dominant I've had a chance to be."

"He's a great addition," said Linebacker Derek Nicholson. "You know he's a guy, a big guy, big body, who can push the pocket. That's something you need, especially with a smaller field."

"We kind of knew that's what he could do," said Head Coach Adam Shackleford. "A lot of people don't know too that he was in camp with the Raiders as an offensive tackle. "He plays both ways. So, it gives us a lot of ability to move him around."