Austin Howard

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Austin Howard
No. 77     Oakland Raiders
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-22) March 22, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Davenport, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 333 lb (151 kg)
Career information
High school: Davenport (IA) Central
College: Northern Iowa
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× second-team All-MVFC honors (2008, 2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Games played 36
Games started 33
Stats at NFL.com

Austin Howard (born March 22, 1987) is an American football offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Northern Iowa.

Howard has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.

Early years[edit]

Howard attended Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa.[1]

College career[edit]

Howard signed with Northern Iowa in 2005 as a tight end.[2] He was redshirted during the 2005 season.

He joined the school's basketball team in December 2005 as a forward,[1] and on December 22, he scored four points and blocked three shots in a game against Hawaii Pacific.[3]

On December 1, 2007 in a game against the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens, Howard caught a touchdown pass from Eric Sanders to bring the Panthers within five points of Delaware, but the Blue Hens ended up winning the game, 39–27.[4] He started in all 13 games at tight end in 2007.[5] He made five receptions for 38 yards.[6]

Howard made the switch from tight end to offensive tackle during the 2008 offseason.[7] He earned MVFC offensive lineman of the week honors following a game against Missouri State on November 8, 2008.[8]

Howard earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors following the 2008 and 2009 seasons.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Howard was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft on April 27, 2010.[10] He made the 53-man roster and played in four games, starting at left tackle in one game.

In order to better fit into new offensive line coach Howard Mudd's system, Howard lost about 15 pounds to get down to 330 pounds.[11] However, he was waived during final roster cuts on September 3, 2011.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Howard was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad on September 6, 2011.

New York Jets[edit]

The New York Jets signed Howard to their active roster off the Ravens' practice squad on November 25, 2011.[12]

On August 23, 2012, head coach Rex Ryan made the decision to bench Wayne Hunter, giving the starting Right Tackle job to Howard.[13]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Howard signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on March 12, 2014.[14]

Personal[edit]

Howard has two brothers, Marcel and Aaron, who both played college football at Iowa State.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UNI Hosts #12 Iowa, UMKC This Week". CSTV. December 6, 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ Newhoff, Doug (February 3, 2005). "Panthers get some insurance". The Courier. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ Coss, Matt (December 23, 2005). "Scouts study Jacobson, Stout gets blocks record in UNI win". The Courier. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ Schmidt, Kent (December 1, 2007). "Flacco Leads Delaware In Upset of No. 1 UNI". CSTV. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Newcomers to UNI offensive line face heavy burden". The Courier. August 22, 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b Doxsie, Don (September 3, 2009). "UNI lineman hopes family's mark vs. Iowa remains perfect". The Courier. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Jim (August 10, 2008). "Farley pleased with Panthers' first week of practice". The Courier. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Jim (November 11, 2008). "Farley fusses over playoff talk". The Courier. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  9. ^ "UNI's Ruffin named MVFC co-defensive player of year". The Courier. November 25, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  10. ^ McLane, Jeff (April 27, 2010). "Eagles add 11 rookies - 3 of them big blockers". philly.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  11. ^ McLane, Jeff (July 9, 2011). "Eagles' Howard working to stay fit, working for a roster spot". philly.com. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  12. ^ Jets Media Relations Department (November 25, 2011). "T Howard Signed to Practice Squad". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jets Right Tackle Wayne Hunter Benched; Austin Howard To Replace Him As Starter". CBS News New York. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 12, 2014). "Austin Howard, Oakland Raiders strike five-year deal". National Football League. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

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