Ty Howle has played in every game the last two seasons, handling the snapping duties on placements and serving as the top reserve center. With the graduation of four offensive line starters, he will have an opportunity to compete for more playing time on the offensive line, battling returning starting center Matt Stankiewitch. Howle is one of the squad's premier students, graduating this past May in 3 1/2 years with a 3.59 cumulative grade-point average. The Dean's List student earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors in 2011 for the second consecutive year. Howle is in his third year as head of operations for the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit charitable organization that raises funds and awareness for rare diseases. Founded by Penn State football teammates, the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes raised more than $600,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association from 2003-11, including more than $100,000 in 2010-11. An all-state center at Bunn High School, Howle shared the 2011 Frank Patrick Total Commitment Award with tackle Mike Farrell.
2011 Junior Season
Howle played in every game for the second consecutive season, handling the snapping duties on placements and serving as a reserve center. He played a total of 98 snaps, led by 16 in the opener against Indiana State.
2010 Sophomore Season
Howle played in every game, handling snapping duties on PAT attempts and field goals. The Dean's List student compiled a 3.67 grade-point average for the 2011 spring semester and gained Academic All-Big Ten honors in the 2010 fall semester.
2009 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Howle enrolled in the University in January 2009, but did not play.
Howle played center for his father, David Howle, at Bunn HS. He was a two-time first-team all-state and all-conference honoree. Named to the ESPN 150 Watch List, Howle was rated the No. 11 center in the nation by Scout.com. A 2008 National Old Spice Red Zone Player-of-the-Year, Howle was named a Carolina Panthers Community Captain in 2008. He was selected to play in the 2008 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game, pitting North Carolina against South Carolina. Howle also threw the shot put and discus as a member of the track and field team. He was on the honor roll and compiled a 3.8 grade-point average.
Full name is Tyler Walker Howle. He is the son of David and Jane Howle and has a younger sister, Abby. His father stepped down from his football coaching duties at Bunn HS in order to attend Penn State games starting in 2010. In his free time, Howle enjoys fishing, playing basketball and working outside. He is interested in a career as a physical therapist. Born August 20, 1991 in Raleigh, N.C.