Jordan HowardRB Indiana

6', 230, (PD) 4.59, 

32 1/4" Arms, 16 Reps.

34" Vert, 10'2" Broad!

4.34 SS, 7.14 3-Cone,

Big Back.

By TOM

Howard is a UAB refugee. When the program was dissolved he went to Indiana, where he turned into a star. "Howard (5-11 7/8, 230) was a transfer from UAB after the school temporarily gave up football," Gil Brandt said. "I love what he did against two really good defenses in back-to-back games last November, rushing for 174 yards vs. Iowa and 238 yards vs. Michigan, with a pair of touchdowns in each game. Howard was a very productive college back who should put up numbers in the NFL." He plays like a much smaller back. He is a big shifty back who seemed to get bigger every year, even at UAB:

2014 (Sophomore): Rushed for a UAB single-season record 1,587 yards on 306 carries (5.2 average) with 13 touchdowns ... caught nine passes for 72 yards with one TD ... started 11 times and played in all 12 games ... ranked seventh nationally with 132.3 rushing yards per game, 14th in rushing yards, 16th with 138.3 yards from scrimmage per game, 24th with 138.3 all-purpose yards per game, 25th with 1,659 yards from scrimmage, tied for 26th in rushing scores and tied for 30th with 14 total touchdowns ... collected eight 100-yard games, including four straight to end the year, and five 150-yarders, with a career-high 262 yards in the win at Southern Miss ... recorded five games with 30-plus attempts, including a career-high 39 vs. Marshall ... rushed 35 times, averaged 7.5 yards and scored once against USM ... carded 183 yards on 34 carries (5.4) with two TDs in the Western Kentucky victory ... opened the season with 179 yards, 19 attempts (9.4) and two touchdowns in the Troy win ... netted 168 yards and scored twice against Marshall ... added 167 yards on 35 carries (4.8) with two TDs in the victory at Florida Atlantic." He fill the hole nice on play action, and will look to block

He has nice ball security. You can see him run up to the line with both hands on the ball a lot. Especially when he is running inside. I love how he sets up blockers, and cuts behind them. Consistently gets into excellent position to block in pass pro. Gets low and uses his feet well to move while he is blocking. He can get a little chip block in on the DE, and then get outside and block the OLB. He will pretend to block sometimes, and they will toss him a shovel pass. Doesn't always have the best hands. 

He has a nice one cut move in the backfield that he can use to make a linebacker miss behind the line. He looks like a nice cut back runner for a Zone blocking scheme. He is terrific cutting back behind blocks, and brings some power to a zone blocking scheme as well. He is the best back you never heard of. He had a remarkable career capped by the 2015 season, especially when you consider that he quit football for a little while after UAB got rid of their football program with him right in the middle of his college career:

CAREER: Howard finished his career with 17 career 100-yard games, including in 10 of his last 13, and 12 150-yarders. He had six 100-yarders, five 150-yarders (T-6th nationally) and two 200-yarders (9th nationally, T-1st in the Big Ten) in 2015, is fifth on the school’s single-season list in 100-yard games and shares fourth in 150-yard and 200-yard games. Of his 196 carries, 67 (34.2 percent) resulted in either a first down or a score and 176 (89.8) went for positive yardage. Since the start of 2013, Howard was first nationally among running backs with 12 150-yard games, fourth with 647 attempts, sixth with 3,681 rushing yards, tied for eighth with 17 100-yard games, 10th with 115.0 rushing yards per game and 3,942 yards from scrimmage, tied for 12th with three 200-yard games and 13th with 123.2 yards from scrimmage per game. He averaged 5.7 yards per rush and scored 27 total TDs (24 rushing and 3 receiving). Howard became the only FBS player in the last 20 seasons with 140-plus rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program. In his IU debut, Howard rushed for 145 yards on 20 carries (7.2 average) with a career-high three scores, including the game-winner with :58 remaining. His 145 yards are the most for a Hoosier in his debut since Alex Smith’s 152 vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 1994. He followed that up with 159 yards on 27 attempts (5.9) in the Florida International victory and the second 200-yard game of his career with 203 yards on 31 carries (6.5) in the Western Kentucky win. Howard carried the ball 33 times for 168 yards (5.1) and a touchdown in the victory at Wake Forest en route to Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.

He has a nice short area burst that can get him past D-linemen outside. He is never going to be a pure speed runner, but he is quick and explosive in short areas, and is always changing direction. He has trouble running past DBs, but he can run over DBs. He will try to cutback and make the DB miss. If he can't slash past a DB, he can get low and run over him.

He is a very good short yardage back. He knows when to lower his head and move the pile. He can get behind his blockers and push them past the magic yellow line on 3rd and 1. He is a good back who can get more than is blocked for with his sudden change of direction cuts, and with some power. He is very good in pass pro, and has nice natural hands coming out of the backfield.

He had a great 2015 Season: 2015 Honors: First team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) … Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week (Wake Forest) … named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists … six-time IU offensive player of the week … earned the team’s Corby Davis Memorial Award (Outstanding Back)

2015 (Junior): Despite missing 18 quarters due to injury, Howard was second in the Big Ten with 134.8 rushing yards per game (9th nationally) and with 146.6 all-purpose yards per game (14th). He closed with 1,213 rushing yards (3rd in B1G; 34th nationally) on 196 carries (4th), a 6.2 average (3rd), with nine rushing touchdowns (T-7th), 10 total TDs (T-7th) and 11 receptions for 106 yards with one score. A candidate for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, Howard became the 11th Hoosier (16th time) to reach 1,000 yards in a single year and is 12th on the program’s all-time single-season list. 

Inconsistent player. He will do ten things perfectly, and then make the big mistake. They keep him in to block a lot, because he doesn't always have great hands catching the ball. He doesn't always adjust well to the ball well in the air, and can drop it. He can keep his head on a swivel in pass pro, and spot the late blitzer and pick him up. He will make three or four great blocks, and then miss a blitzer who hits the QB. He usually has such great ball security, and then laps for a second and the ball is on the ground.

Additional Notes:

Michigan: Indiana uses a lot of Zone runs. A zone blocking team is going to like this kid more than others. They will throw him the ball out in the flat. He is a shotgun runner. He runs a lot of draws. Terrific job setting up blockers. He can play in the NFL. He ran for two TDs against Michigan. Always running with his head up. Statistically speaking his game against Michigan might have been the best performance by any RB last season: The Hawkeye's entered the game allowing one rushing score and 85.8 yards per game. Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was the only player to rush for over 100 yards (104 on Oct. 31). Howard followed that effort up with 238 yards, the second-most ever by a Michigan opponent, on 35 carries (6.8) with three TDs, two rushing, against the No. 15 Wolverines. His 238 yards were his most this season, the second-most in his career, the fourth-most in the Big Ten in 2015 and rank 10th on the all-time IU list, and his 35 carries were his most this year and tied for the second-most in his career. U-M had not allowed a 100-yard rusher since the final game of 2014 and entered the game allowing 80.6 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.

Iowa: When he rams into his blockers behind the LOS he can get stuffed for a loss. He does have the speed to turn the corner outside. He can block on both side of the QB in pass pro. He is always looking to turn up field, even on outside runs. He will cut up field around the Seam on sweeps when he sees a lane. He had a truly great game against Iowa for more than just statistical reasons: Back to full strength after suffering an ankle injury in week five against No. 1 Ohio State, Howard collected 174 yards rushing on 22 carries (7.9 average) to go along with two touchdowns, from 37 and 29 yards, against No. 10 Iowa. He likes to hop cut through the line. He has some interesting lateral burst. He is listed at 230, but he is a lot shiftier and quicker than his size would say. He is good at finding a crack in the line, and using his feet to shirt to the left or right and get through it. Why will he succeed in the NFL? Because he is terrific at following his blockers.

Mich ST: Runs with his head up, and reads the cut back of his blockers very well. He has some nice power, and a nose for the endzone. He has some nice shiftiness in the backfield. I like how he fakes left, and then cuts around the OG getting knocked back to the right. Comes up the line and cuts off the crack back block with great speed. Not the best long speed. Oops, he will forget to protect the ball when he is in the open field sometimes. He has little finesse slaps that he use as straight arms that helps him turn the corner. 

Jordan Howard Vs Michigan 2015:

He gets the ball, and beats the linebacker to the hole. He tries to shift back to the right, but gets crushed by the DT (:01). They run a lot from the shotgun. They run a little misdirection. He gets the ball, then watch the great quick shift outside. He follows his blocker so well that he finally gets dragged down from behind just as he is turning up field (:18). He has some shiftiness in traffic.

He shows his power on short yardage. Two D-linemen hit him in the backfield on 2nd and 2, and he still picks up the 1st (:35). Watch this terrific cutback in the backfield that makes the D-end miss. Then he shoots through the hole to the 3rd level (:45). He has a little trouble. You can see him shuffle his feet a little as he waits for the hole (:54). Then he lowers his head and gets what he can get.

Here we go, this is where the money is made. He does a terrific job spotting the blitzer. He gets low and meets him with his hands and stones him. That is an excellent block (1:04). He slips through the line on the misdirection screen. He shows some nice natural hands reaching up for the ball. Then he shows his speed and runs easily into the Endzone (1:11). You can see him shift to the right again to find the hole. He finds a little crack and shot through like a mouse with cheese. Then he cuts back and makes the safety whiff. He is sneaky quick and shifty (1:25). Hop cuts to the right and then left, but can't find a crack (1:33). You'd think they run behind Spriggs more (1:44). He is terrific when you give him a blocker to follow (1:57). He has that knack for making the great cutback to find a lane.

Again, he is following his blockers and making cuts into open space off their blocks. This really shows his reading the blocks and the quick cuts behind them (2:09). He has a good feel for when to strangle the ball and lower his head (2:19). He is a big back who runs with some power (2:30). You get a good view of him pushing the pile past the marker on 3rd and short. That was a very important run.

He has a good feel for when to just shot through the hole and get what he can get (2:42). He uses his feet so well to stay behind his blockers. You can see him going down field, and that he is more shifty than fast (2:48). He might not be the fastest back, but he is quick through the hole if you give him a lane (3:07). He has a nice burst with the ball in his hands that can get him past the D-line (3:23). You see that if he can't cutback to make a guy miss, he can put a hurt on DBs.

He is an excellent short yardage and goal line back. But when both DTs break free all's you can do is lower your head and not fumble (3:33). Running out of the Shotgun on the Goal line is definitely something the Pats will do. He uses his quick one cut explosion to make the linebacker miss in the backfield (3:47). Then he lowers his head and drives into the endzone. That was a nice nifty-footed power run. He drags that DT three yards into the endzone. It is sometimes easy to forget that he is a 230-pound back.

But they don’t give him the TD. So they give him the ball on 4th down for the win. That shows a lot of confidence in that kid in overtime. If he doesn't get it then Michigan only has to kick the field goal to win. This is a win or die call by the coach placed on Howard's back. He finds the tiniest of cracks and leaps over it. That was a huge clutch TD (4:05). Now in double overtime. He gives a little shoulder fake inside, and then bursts outside. But he can't run past the DBs (4:19). He powers inside for a cloud of dust (4:30). That was a very impressive Tape, but it was also his best performance of the year.

Howard Vs Michigan 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9WMcCVEtIc

 

 

Howard Vs Michigan ST:

He got hit at the Three against Michigan, and powered it in almost on his knees. That was a great run (:22). He does a real nice job setting up to block in front of the QB. He can pop the LB past the QB with some nice tough blocking. He can sink his knees a little and jam the blitzer with his helmet and hands (:52). Then he can also recover and shove him again as he tries to hit the QB from behind. 

Great job following his blockers, and cutting off the crack back. You have to help set up that block to really make it work. Then watch the great lateral burst that will make him a very good NFL RB, as he makes the DB miss on the 2nd level. He normally has great ball security, but will let it slip when he is sprinting down field occasionally (1:22). He thought he was gone. But that was a heck of a swipe by the DB. Howard did have the ball high and tight, but DB karate chopped it at the perfect angle.

He steps up on the other side of the QB, and sees the ORT get beat. He does a great job turning and ramming into the D-end (2:11). I like his feet as he chips a little to help his TE block the D-end, and shuffles outside the TE and blocks the OLB (2:19). He moves to the wrong side, and misses the LB blitzing up the middle (2:42). He normally is a very effective blocker.

He got there a little late on the blitz pickup, and the blitzer hurried the QB and forced the incompletion (3:23). He did a great job here. He hopped into the hole, and two blitzer came. He got a hand in both their chests, and gave the QB just enough time to complete the pass (3:36). He does a great job here. No linebacker comes up the middle, so he turns his head and looks. He spots the CB blitzing and meets him in the hole nicely (4:15). Nice chip on the D-end to close off the corner (4:23). He is not a great receiver, but he is a good enough blocker to stay on the field on passing downs.

Howard Vs Michigan State 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4r6s5R_g-U

 

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Howard's Official Bio:

2015 Honors: First team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) … Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week (Wake Forest) … named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists … six-time IU offensive player of the week … earned the team’s Corby Davis Memorial Award (Outstanding Back).

2015 (Junior): Despite missing 18 quarters due to injury, Howard was second in the Big Ten with 134.8 rushing yards per game (9th nationally) and with 146.6 all-purpose yards per game (14th).

• He closed with 1,213 rushing yards (3rd in B1G; 34th nationally) on 196 carries (4th), a 6.2 average (3rd), with nine rushing touchdowns (T-7th), 10 total TDs (T-7th) and 11 receptions for 106 yards with one score.

• A candidate for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, Howard became the 11th Hoosier (16th time) to reach 1,000 yards in a single year and is 12th on the program’s all-time single-season list.

• Back to full strength after suffering an ankle injury in week five against No. 1 Ohio State, Howard collected 174 yards rushing on 22 carries (7.9 average) to go along with two touchdowns, from 37 and 29 yards, against No. 10 Iowa.

• The Hawkeyes entered the game allowing one rushing score and 85.8 yards per game. Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was the only player to rush for over 100 yards (104 on Oct. 31).

• Howard followed that effort up with 238 yards, the second-most ever by a Michigan opponent, on 35 carries (6.8) with three TDs, two rushing, against the No. 15 Wolverines.

• His 238 yards were his most this season, the second-most in his career, the fourth-most in the Big Ten in 2015 and rank 10th on the all-time IU list, and his 35 carries were his most this year and tied for the second-most in his career.

• U-M had not allowed a 100-yard rusher since the final game of 2014 and entered the game allowing 80.6 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.

• Howard finished his career with 17 career 100-yard games, including in 10 of his last 13, and 12 150-yarders. He had six 100-yarders, five 150-yarders (T-6th nationally) and two 200-yarders (9th nationally, T-1st in the Big Ten) in 2015, is fifth on the school’s single-season list in 100-yard games and shares fourth in 150-yard and 200-yard games.

• Of his 196 carries, 67 (34.2 percent) resulted in either a first down or a score and 176 (89.8) went for positive yardage.

• Since the start of 2013, Howard was first nationally among running backs with 12 150-yard games, fourth with 647 attempts, sixth with 3,681 rushing yards, tied for eighth with 17 100-yard games, 10th with 115.0 rushing yards per game and 3,942 yards from scrimmage, tied for 12th with three 200-yard games and 13th with 123.2 yards from scrimmage per game.

• He averaged 5.7 yards per rush and scored 27 total TDs (24 rushing and 3 receiving).

• Howard became the only FBS player in the last 20 seasons with 140-plus rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program.

• In his IU debut, Howard rushed for 145 yards on 20 carries (7.2 average) with a career-high three scores, including the game-winner with :58 remaining.

• His 145 yards are the most for a Hoosier in his debut since Alex Smith’s 152 vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 1994.

• He followed that up with 159 yards on 27 attempts (5.9) in the Florida International victory and the second 200-yard game of his career with 203 yards on 31 carries (6.5) in the Western Kentucky win.

• Howard carried the ball 33 times for 168 yards (5.1) and a touchdown in the victory at Wake Forest en route to Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.

2014 Honors: First team All-Conference USA.

2014 (Sophomore): Rushed for a UAB single-season record 1,587 yards on 306 carries (5.2 average) with 13 touchdowns ... caught nine passes for 72 yards with one TD ... started 11 times and played in all 12 games ... ranked seventh nationally with 132.3 rushing yards per game, 14th in rushing yards, 16th with 138.3 yards from scrimmage per game, 24th with 138.3 all-purpose yards per game, 25th with 1,659 yards from scrimmage, tied for 26th in rushing scores and tied for 30th with 14 total touchdowns ... collected eight 100-yard games, including four straight to end the year, and five 150-yarders, with a career-high 262 yards in the win at Southern Miss ... recorded five games with 30-plus attempts, including a career-high 39 vs. Marshall ... rushed 35 times, averaged 7.5 yards and scored once against USM ... carded 183 yards on 34 carries (5.4) with two TDs in the Western Kentucky victory ... opened the season with 179 yards, 19 attempts (9.4) and two touchdowns in the Troy win ... netted 168 yards and scored twice against Marshall ... added 167 yards on 35 carries (4.8) with two TDs in the victory at Florida Atlantic.

2013 Honors: Conference USA All-Freshman team.

2013 (Freshman): Played in 11 contests and started five times at UAB ... rushed for 881 yards on 145 carries (6.1 average) with two touchdowns ... caught four passes for 83 yards and one score ... set the UAB freshman single-season record and tied for second among freshmen nationally with his 881 yards ... registered three 100-yard games, including a season-best 159-yard effort in the Florida International win ... had 154 yards (23 attempts) against Middle Tennessee and 123 yards at Marshall (22 carries).

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