Jordan Howard transferred from UAB to the Indiana Hoosiers this past offseason and took the field for his debut with his new team against Southern Illinois yesterday. It was an ugly game for the Hoosiers’ defense, but their offense looked very good with their new running back taking over for Atlanta Falcons rookie Tevin Coleman who left after a huge season last year.
Throughout the course of the game, Howard was able to make an impact on multiple areas of the game. He is exactly the type of running back that Indiana needed to bring in to help replace Coleman’s production.
During the game, Howard ended up carrying the football 20 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 25 yards on the afternoon. Those numbers made the Indiana offense much better and more dynamic and he was very confident about his play after the game when speaking to the media.
“I felt like it was real important [to have a big first game] because they brought me here for a reason,” Howard said. “I wanted to play them back. I’m what they expected.”
If he can continue putting up the type of production that he showed the Hoosiers in his first game, the sky is the ceiling. Obviously the defense was a major concern and isn’t going to be pretty moving forward, but the offense can keep them in football games. Howard is going to have to prove that he can put up that type of production against Big Ten defenses, but this is a good start.
Howard continued to talk about his thoughts of the Indiana football team moving forward after moving to 1-0 on the season with a 48-47 victory. He also talked about the dangerous duo that he makes in the backfield with Devine Redding.
“I think we’ll be very dangerous,” Howard said. “We’ve been pushing each other since I’ve been here. Spring training, summer workouts, fall camp … we’ve just been working well together. We have great chemistry. I feel like I have power and he has quickness, but at the same time, he also has power.”
Kevin Wilson’s football team looks much better offensively than many were expecting after the pitiful season to last year.
Assuming Howard can continue playing with the confidence and talent that he showed yesterday, there aren’t going to be many issues on the offensive side of the ball. Indiana is going to continue feeding the rock to Howard and he will continue picking up big chunks of yardage. The Hoosiers should be very excited about their young running back and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season goes.
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