After just one year at Indiana, junior running back Jordan Howard from Gardendale, Ala. is foregoing his senior season to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Howard spent two years at UAB before transferring to Indiana when the football program was shutdown.
In his sophomore season at UAB Howard rushed for 1,587 yards on 306 carries and 13 touchdowns. This year with the Hoosiers he battled injuries all season but still finished with 1,213 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns, while helping lead Indiana to their first bowl appearance since 2007.
In his three college seasons he carried the ball a total of 647 times for 3,681 yards for an average of 5.7 yards a carry. He also caught 24 passes for 261 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns in those three seasons. He scored a total of 24 touchdowns on the ground giving him 27 total touchdowns in his college career.
Howard missed 22 quarters of action in 2015 due to ankle and knee injuries, but he still became just the 11th Hoosier running back to rush for 1,000 yards, and he finished his career with 17 games of rushing for over 100 yards.
CBS Sports has Howard ranked as the fifth best running back in the upcoming draft, and the 80th best player available overall.
Clearly it was a blessing getting to watch Howard, a hometown guy, flourish with the UAB Blazers, and it’s a shame he didn’t get to finish his career at UAB, but we still wish him all the best in the NFL. I can’t wait to see who drafts him, and what he can do at the next level.