Former Alabama TE O.J. Howard Questions Lack Of Big Role In College

    Former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard was rarely a target in the Crimson Tide’s game plan, and the reason why bewilders him.

    January 27, 2017

    Former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard was rarely a target in the Crimson Tide’s game plan, and the reason why bewilders him.


    For four years, people who pay attention to SEC football, particularly Alabama, all wondered the same thing: why is tight end O.J. Howard not used more in the Crimson Tide offense?

    Turns out, Howard was asking himself the same thing.

    “I have no idea, honestly man,” Howard said. “It was kind of a question mark my whole career about that, but I’ve never been able to give an answer to this day.”

    Howard was criminally underused, catching only seven touchdowns in four seasons. At times, it seemed that Alabama’s offensive coordinators – first Doug Nussmeier and then Lane Kiffin the next three years – forgot what a weapon they had at tight end.

    When he was targeted in the past two College Football Playoff National Championship games, fans saw what a threat he was. Against Clemson in back-to-back title games, Howard caught nine passes for 314 total yards and three touchdowns.

    Now awaiting to see where he will land in the NFL, Howard is ready to show what he can do when being a key cog in an offense.

    “I can be a guy like that every game,” Howard said. “Being able to make those plays in big moments is huge, but I feel like I’m the type of player who can do that consistently.”

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