JUNIOR (2015): Gave Alabama a dynamic option at the tight end position, providing a mismatch for most defenses in the passing game ... collected 38 catches on the season for 602 yards for a team-high 15.8 yards per catch average ... 24 of his catches converted first downs for the Tide with nine of 20 yards or more ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the game for his performance against Wisconsin in the season opener. Wisconsin: Started the season opener against the Badgers, reeling in three passes for 37 yards with a long reception of 21. Middle Tennessee: Caught a career-best four passes for 68 yards, including a 42-yard gain in the third quarter ... three of his catches converted first downs for the Tide. Ole Miss: Reeled in four catches for 70 yards including a long of 30 on the Tide’s first offensive drive of the game. ULM: Had two catches for eight yards on the day ... also recorded a tackle on the interception return. Georgia: Stayed in to block for the Tide backs on a rainy day in Athens ... helped provide lanes for the Crimson Tide runners to put together 189 yards rushing on the ground, including a career-high 148 yards for junior Derrick Henry. Arkansas: Finished the day with three catches for 17 yards, including a long of seven ... also notched his second tackle of the season, making the stop on a Razorback interception return. Texas A&M: Hauled in three passes for 35 yards with a long reception of 24 ... also helped block for Henry’s career-high 236 yards rushing. Tennessee: Set a career-high mark for receptions with seven totaling 55 yards ... hauled in a long pass of 18 yards. LSU: Registered two catches for 18 yards, both going for first downs ... helped block for the Tide’s 55 rushing attempts and 250 yards rushing, including Henry’s 210 yards on the ground. Mississippi State: Hauled in one catch for 15 yards and a first down ... helped block for Henry’s 204 yards rushing. Charleston Southern: Hauled in one catch for 12 yards in one half of play ... his lone catch converted a first down for the Tide on the team’s second scoring drive of the day. Auburn: Did not record a catch in the Iron Bowl ... helped block on the edge for Henry’s career-high 271 yards rushing. Florida: Helped provide running lanes for Henry’s SEC Championship Game MVP performance. Michigan State: Hauled in three catches, his most since Tennessee, for 59 yards with a long of 41 yards ... all three receptions resulted in a first down for the Crimson Tide. Clemson: Earned Offensive MVP honors for his career day against the Tigers ... finished with five catches for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns ... all five catches converted first downs while going for at least 15 yards ... hauled in a career-long 63 yard reception before being pushed out of bounds late in the fourth quarter ... his 208 yards were the most in a bowl game by any single player in Alabama history and were the most by any player in a national championship game.
SOPHOMORE (2014): A potent weapon at tight end for the Crimson Tide ... started three games and saw action in all 14 contests ... had 17 catches on the season for 260 yards and nine first downs ... averaged 15.3 yards per catch with six explosive receptions of 16 yards or more ... added three tackles. Florida: Made his first two catches of the season against the Gators ... accounted for 22 receiving yards and converted one first down. Ole Miss: Turned in his most productive game of the season against the Rebels ... caught three passes for 81 yards, averaging 27.0 yards per catch ... converted two first downs ... hauled in a long catch of 53 yards. Arkansas: Turned a short pass play into a 47-yard gain in Fayetteville for a first down and his only catch of the game. LSU: Was instrumental in the game-tying drive in regulation with two receptions for 12 yards, getting out of bounds both times to stop the clock ... finished with three catches for 21 yards ... hauled in a nine-yard reception for a first down earlier in the game. Mississippi State: Caught one pass for two yards in the Tide's 25-20 win over the Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Pulled in a 26-yard reception and finished with two grabs for 33 yards ... both catches converted first downs for the Crimson Tide. Auburn: Made one reception for 20 yards and an Alabama first down. Missouri: Caught two passes for 20 yards including an explosive play of 17 yards that converted an Alabama first down. Ohio State: Caught two passes for 14 yards.
FRESHMAN (2013): A true freshman who steadily gained knowledge and experience at tight end ... played in all 13 games, with five starts ... caught 14 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns ... 13 of his 14 receptions converted first downs for Alabama, with eight going for 15 or more yards ... averaged a team-best 19.2 yards per catch from his tight end spot. Virginia Tech: Received his first action in the crimson and white ... did not have a catch but was targeted in the passing game. Texas A&M: Started and came up big in College Station with three catches for 68 yards ... caught passes for 27, 26 and 15 yards against the Aggies, all converting first downs. Colorado State: Added three more receptions for 38 yards, with a long of 23. Ole Miss: Started his second game of the year but did not have a reception. Georgia State: Started and caught one pass for 13 yards and a first down. Kentucky: Came off the bench to catch two passes for 37 yards, including a long of 25 yards. Arkansas: Caught his first career touchdown on a 17-yard reception from AJ McCarron in 52-0 win over the Hogs. LSU: Caught a crossing route for his only catch of the game and raced 52 yards, outrunning the LSU defense for a touchdown. Mississippi State: Pulled in one pass for 21 yards in the Tide's win. Chattanooga: Made his fifth start of the season but did not have a reception. Auburn: Caught two passes for 23 yards ... his 11- and 12-yard receptions both converted first downs.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Came to Alabama the top tight end prospect in the class of 2013 ... participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game ... arrived at Alabama as an early enrollee in January of 2013 ... a five-star prospect is the No. 7 prospect nationally in the Rivals100 ... is the outlet's top-ranked tight end and No. 2 player in Alabama ... 247Sports ranks Howard 20th in its Top247 with five stars while listing him as the No. 1 tight in and the No. 2 player in the state ... the 247Composite lists him 14th nationally ... No. 14 in the Scout300 and Scout.com's top-ranked tight end ... is ranked 45th in the ESPN150, the No. 2 tight end and No. 24 in the southeast region by ESPN ... Sporting News' No. 32 player in the nation ... rated eighth nationally by MaxPreps (Tom Lemming) and is the No. 1 tight end ... is the No. 13 player nationally by PrepStar, the publication's No. 1 tight end and a member of the PrepStar Dream Team... three-time was first-team AISA All-State selection ... missed part of his senior year due to injury, but amassed 854 of total offense and 12 touchdowns ... accounted for 57 tackles on the defensive side of the ball in 2012 ... named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super 12 team ... AISA 2012 Lineman of the Year ... as a junior in 2011 had 11 receiving touchdowns, eight rushing scores and also threw for three TDs ... caught 41 passes for 926 yards while rushing for 487 yards ... had 89 tackles with eight sacks and three forced fumbles on defense ... as a sophomore in 2010, set the school record with 31 total touchdowns while also breaking the school's receiving records ... named the team's defensive MVP after making 89 tackles with six interceptions and four sacks ... coached by Chris Honeycutt at Autauga Academy ... chose Alabama over Florida, USC and Auburn.