Player Page

O.J. Howard | Tight End

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

Latest News

Recent News

Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard believes he'll be a bigger role in the offense next season.
Of his 5-208-1 line in the National Championship Game against Clemson, Howard said the usage made him "think about coming back and making plays next season." After the game, Tide head coach Nick Saban said: "Quite honestly, he should have been more involved all year long," and admitted how it was "bad coaching on my part." Incredibly, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard had only 33 catches for 394 yards and zero touchdowns through 14 games prior to that tilt. "It’ll get me more involved in the offense," Howard said in extrapolating the game plan forward into 2016. We don't know who Alabama's will be quite yet, but the offense is going to be dangerous no matter what with WR Calvin Ridley and Howard pairing to not allow defenders to gang up on RBs Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris. Jan 20 - 4:34 PM
Source: ESPN.com

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard will return to school.

We assume that HC Nick Saban and OC Lane Kiffin have promised Howard a far greater role in the offense after illogically ignoring him in the passing game over the past few seasons. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder went off for five catches, 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the National Championship Game against Clemson, perhaps an appetizer of what we'll see in the fall. Rotoworld's Josh Norris had ranked Howard as the No. 23 overall draft prospect, writing: "The tight end can get open in the intermediate level with athleticism and body positioning, but what stood out was his yards after catch capability. He has plenty of straight line speed which will be maximized by accurate passes."
Jan 18 - 3:44 PM

Per ESPN's Chris Low, Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard plans to return to school for the 2016 season.

The Alabama Media Group was reporting on Friday that Howard would be returning to Alabama in 2016 and Low's report backs this up. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior exploded in the National Championship Game against Clemson, catching five passes for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Outside of that fantastic game, though, Howard was largely limited on offense. That's no slight on his talent. Alabama HC Nick Saban's already admitted that the tight end was underutilized this past season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the No. 23 overall draft prospect.
Jan 16 - 3:07 PM

The Alabama Media Group reports that Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard is leaning towards returning to school.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard as the No. 23 overall draft prospect. While earning a first- or second-round call is in the cards for Howard in this weak TE class, it's possible Nick Saban and company are currently in his ear about a much bigger role in the passing offense next year. Saban and OC Lane Kiffin both conceded Howard was underused this year (he was the season before, as well). CBS Sports ranks Howard as the No. 3 draft-eligible tight end prospect and projects a second-round selection if Howard declares. Stay tuned, kids.
Source: Matt Zenitz
Jan 15 - 4:10 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Alabama TE O.J. Howard as the No. 23 overall draft prospect.

"After two years (plus a few games) of clamoring for Howard to be a focal point of Alabama’s offense, he finally was in the National Championship Game," Norris wrote. "The tight end can get open in the intermediate level with athleticism and body positioning, but what stood out was his yards after catch capability. He has plenty of straight line speed which will be maximized by accurate passes." Howard posted a middling 38-602-2 line this fall, but the lack of production speaks far more about Alabama's offensive game plan than Howard himself. Alabama coach Nick Saban admitted as much.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 15 - 3:10 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban admitted the team underused junior TE O.J. Howard this year.

"O.J., quite honestly, should have been more involved all year long," Saban said. "Sometimes he was open and we didn't get him the ball, but I think the last two games have been breakout games for him in terms of what he's capable of and what he can do. I would say it's bad coaching on my part that he didn't have the opportunity to do that all year long, because he is really a good athlete, and he's improved tremendously as a player this year." Howard went off in the title game on Monday, converting five catches into 208 yards and two touchdowns. "You know, it makes me think about coming back and making plays next season for Coach," Howard said when asked about Saban's comments. "It'll get me more involved in the offense." Which is a good thing, because Howard was indeed criminally underused all season, posting a meager 38-602-2 line despite Monday's monster showing.
Source: ESPN 1660
Jan 12 - 6:34 PM

If Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard declared for the NFL Draft "it would be hard for scouts to ignore his upside," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed.

"Howard hasn't shown the development as an inline blocker and route-runner that scouts would prefer but if the junior were to declare early for the NFL, it would be hard for scouts to ignore his upside - especially with this year's tight end class once again lacking," Rang wrote. The Alabama junior had the breakout performance evaluators have been waiting for, hauling in five passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 45-40 win over Clemson. Rang adds that Howard "oozes NFL upside, possessing the frame and speed to present" problems at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 12 - 2:16 PM

Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard caught five passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 45-40 win over Clemson in the CFP National Championship Game.

Howard came through with his biggest game of the season when it mattered most. And it's not even close. His previous best yardage total in 2015 was 70 yards against Ole Miss on September 19, while he entered Monday's contest having not caught a single touchdown this season. He hauled in a pair of long scoring bombs (53 yards in the third quarter, 51 in the fourth) from QB Jacob Coker in Monday's title affair, both coming on spectacular defensive lapses by Clemson's defense. On the latter touchdown, there wasn't anybody within 20 yards (approximate) of the 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior. Despite a relatively quiet receiving line for the 2015 campaign at 38-602-2, Howard has the tools to play in the NFL. That he hasn't shown it in the numbers probably says more about Alabama's offensive style than Howard himself. After the game, he was named co-MVP, sharing the honors with CB Eddie Jackson, who picked off a Deshaun Watson pass in the second quarter.
Jan 12 - 12:52 AM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard "is a mismatch on the perimeter."

While the Crimson Tide prospect will get knocked for his production, Brooks believes it "doesn't match" Howard's "athleticism." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior has hauled in 33 catches for 394 yards on the season. Nineteen of Howard's catches this season have moved the chains for first downs. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Howard's "draft stock is still built on the foundation of potential and not production."
Jan 8 - 3:26 PM

An anonymous NFL scout interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard "probably the most NFL-ready of all the [draft eligible] tight ends."

In a down year for tight end prospects, Howard stands out. Said an anonymous scout, "Howard's probably the most NFL-ready of all the tight ends. He's probably the best blocker." Offensively, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior caught 30 passes for 335 yards and no touchdowns. While that's 13 more catches than he logged as a sophomore, he posted a YPC average of just 11.2, a marked contrast to the 19.2 and 15.3 he averaged during his first two collegiate campaigns. Alabama doesn't resort to flinging the ball around the yard very often, but it's still been a somewhat muted 2015 campaign for Howard. At least on the offensive front. He's a big body and the blocking's there, though.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 04:17:00 PM

Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard's "draft stock is still built on the foundation of potential and not production," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

In 2014, the Crimson Tide prospect only hauled in 17 catches for 260 yards, with zero touchdowns. Fast forward to the present and Howard has almost eclipsed last years' pedestrian production, with 16 receptions for 200 yards on the season. For Howards' potential, those stats are still rather pedestrian. Brugler believes the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder has shown "improvements this season," but is in desperate need of a breakout game.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard said that penalties are a natural off-shoot of his team's aggressive style of play.

Said Howard, "We're playing so aggressive we're going to hold. But those are penalties you can fix." He went on to note that while the Crimson Tide were flagged for 12 penalties, not one was of the personal foul variety. "But if we have penalties that we're playing hard, playing fast, we can live with those." HC Nick Saban didn't go quite so far as to say that they were acceptable penalties, but he seemed to understand that this is part of the process. "Lack of fundamental execution and basic discipline led to poor outcomes and that's something that we're looking forward to learning from [in all facets of the game]."
Source: al.com
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 09:47:00 PM

Bruce Feldman points to Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard as a player who can most impact their school's success this season.

Howard only caught 17 passes last season, which is verging on ridiculous for a player many consider to have "special tools." The Amari Cooper targets have to go somewhere. Alabama will focus on running the ball with a stable of backs, but look for Howard to be more involved than ever before.
Source: Fox Sports
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffen called junior TE O.J. Howard "a very special player."

Howard's numbers last season (17 catches, 260 yards, no touchdowns) don't impress, but Kiffen explained that "it’s not Little League, where everyone gets the same amount of touches." He specifically cited the need to feed the ball to star wideout Amari Cooper last season. With Cooper gone, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard should see more opportunities to utilize his freakish combo of speed and strength. He runs a 4.59 forty and can bench 405 pounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 05:51:00 PM

National Football Post's Eric Saltzman believes Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard "has been greatly under-utilized at Alabama" and is thus "raw as far as a receiver."

"Howard looks like he has the making of a star tight end," Saltzman wrote. "However, on the rare occasion he gets the ball, it is obvious that he could dominate the NFL. Like many tight ends who are more receiver than blocker, Howard really hasn’t shown a strong ability as a blocker." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds, but he's caught only 31 passes in two seasons.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 07:19:00 PM