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O.J. Howard | Tight End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 240

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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein "came away disappointed" in a tape study of Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard.
"He clearly has the athleticism and seam speed to threaten defenses all over the field, but too often I saw lazy, complacent routes," Zierlein wrote. "Still, his talent after the catch and ability to hit the big play from an in-line tight end spot give him a chance to put together a big season with a new quarterback likely to lean on bigger targets like Howard. As a next-level player, Howard must improve his physicality and competitive spirit as a blocker." The analyst ranks Howard as the No. 6 tight end in the nation. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds. Jun 28 - 10:55 PM

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Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard "should have a big 2015 season if Kiffin figures out how to call plays for more than the No. 1 wide receiver," noted Walter Football.

The site ranks Howard as the No. 1 TE prospect and grades him as a Rds. 1-2 prospect. "As he proved at USC with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin settles on one receiver and struggles to call plays for anyone else regardless of their talent or mismatch potential," it noted. "Howard's production should go up in 2015 with Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon in the NFL." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds. "Howard is fast, has the frame to add size and is a dangerous receiving weapon," WF concluded.
May 30 - 9:56 PM

NFL Media postulates that without Amari Cooper, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin "could have his new quarterback look for [junior tight end O.J. Howard] more on quicker, easier throws."

"If Howard is ever going to establish himself as one of the top receiving tight ends in the game, this is the year to do it," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Entering his third year as a familiar face in the Crimson Tide lineup, he's only flashed his prolific talent to this point. Last season, that wasn't entirely Howard's fault, because quarterback Blake Sims was understandably locked in on Cooper." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard hasn't yet dominated in the passing game, but he's still been extremely valuable to the Tide. Howard, who runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds, posted more than 110 knockdown blocks over the past two years.
May 28 - 10:03 PM

Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard is "blessed with outstanding size, speed and athleticism," noted's Jamie Newberg.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 17 prospect in the land. Howard hasn't yet been given the credit he deserves for doing the dirty work, but he's been a key contributor in the Crimson Tide run game, posting more than 110 knockdown blocks over the past two years. "But where he will make a living is as a huge receiving threat," Newberg wrote. "He's tall and long and uses that to his advantage. Howard can catch the football and become a yacker. In today's NFL he could be an outstanding weapon." The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder ran a 4.59 second forty this spring.
May 18 - 9:18 PM

Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard "will be depended on to be a bigger factor in Alabama’s offense following the departure of the Tide’s top three wide receivers as well as tight end Brian Vogler," noted

"[Howard] possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism," wrote Matt Zenitz. The publication was told by a source that Howard ran a 4.59 second forty, bench pressed 405 pounds and squatted 500 pounds during the spring. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder, who lines up everywhere, including tight end, wide receiver and H-back, was graded by Walter Football as a first-to-second round prospect.
May 16 - 8:36 PM

When called upon, Alabama sophomore tight end O.J. Howard has "flashed the talent that made him the No. 2 tight end recruit coming out of high school in 2013," according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"When called upon" being the operative words. As Scout Inc. notes, Howard hasn't caught more than three passes in a game since arriving on campus, mostly because there are so many mouths to feed on the loaded Tide roster. "Listed at 6-6 and 240 pounds, he has the toughness to make plays over the middle, in addition to the speed to take the top off the coverage and break long runs after the catch," wrote Muench and Weidl.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:55:00 AM

Alabama sophomore tight end O.J. Howard mentioned that "going to get the ball out of the air," was a problem early in the year.

"Probably just not me going to get the ball out of the air," Howard told "But now I've been doing a pretty good job of it, of going up and getting it and attacking the ball." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard was thought to have an expanded role in Alabama's offense this season. After 12 games, Howard has 226 receiving yards on 13 catches, which ranks third on the team. The Crimson Tide prospect has now caught passes in seven of the last nine games. Howard hauled in a big 20-yard catch during Alabama's big win against Auburn.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:23:00 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman has named Alabama sophomore tight end O.J. Howard as his "All-Freak Team" tight end.

"The Tide has to break in a new QB, but they’re loaded with proven studs at WR and RB, and watch out for this 6-foot-6, 240-pound sophomore, who has clocked some sub 4.5 40s and averaged more than 19 yards a catch in his freshman season," Feldman wrote. The Alabama prospect made a respectable contribution in his freshman year hauling in 14 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. This season look for the 6-foot-6, 240 pound Howard to have an expanded role for the Crimson Tide offense.
Source: Fox Sports
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 08:26:00 AM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said freshman tight end O.J. Howard (sprained ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Chattanooga.

Howard was hit high on AJ McCarron's second interception Saturday against Mississippi State. He did not return to the game. Howard wore a black, non-contact jersey at Monday's practice.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 05:57:00 PM