2017 (True Freshman): Saw action in nine games as a true freshman … Ranked sixth on the team and second among Georgia Tech’s B-backs with 175 rushing yards … Two rushing touchdowns were good for a tie for third on the team behind only Tech’s two 1,000-yard rushers – QB TaQuon Marshall and BB KirVonte Benson … After not playing in the season opener against Tennessee (Sept. 4), Howard ran for 82 yards on six carries (both season highs) in home opener versus Jacksonville State (Sept. 9) … 82 yards against JSU included a season-long 65-yard touchdown run on just the second carry of his career … Went on to record multiple carries in five of the next six games, missing only a one-point loss at nationally ranked Miami (Oct. 14) due to injury … Scored his second touchdown of the season on a two-yard run in the second quarter of a 38-24 win over Wake Forest (Oct. 21) … Did not have any rushing yards over the final three games of the season but did serve as a kick returner in final two games against Duke (Nov. 18) and Georgia (Nov. 25) … Returned four kickoffs for a total of 64 yards (16.0 avg.) … Had a long return of 20 yards against UGA … Was one of nine true freshmen that saw action for the Yellow Jackets.
High School: Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … Three-time all-state and all-region honoree … Four-time all-area selection … Amassed 4,451 all-purpose yards (3,352 rushing, 1,099 receiving) and 53 touchdowns (41 rushing, 12 receiving) in 39 high-school games … Rushed for 1,053 yards (6.9-yard average) and 15 touchdowns and caught a team-high 49 passes for 402 yards and three scores as a senior … Helped lead Northwestern to four-straight district and regional titles and 2015 state championship … Four-year letterwinner and three-year captain … Set school records for rushing yards in a game and all-purpose yards in a career … Coached by David Pierce … Selected to participate in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Also lettered four times in wrestling and track and field (three-year captain in wrestling, one-year captain in track) … Honors student.
Personal: Full name is Jerry Howard, Jr. … Born March 7, 1999 … Son of La’Kisha and the late Jerry Howard … One of three siblings … Started playing football when he was eight … Majoring in business administration.
Rushing Attempts: 6 vs. Jacksonville State, Sept. 9, 2017
Rushing Yards: 82 yards vs. Jacksonville State, Sept. 9, 2017
Longest Rush: 65 yards vs. Jacksonville State, Sept. 9, 2017
Rushing Touchdowns: 1, twice – last vs. Wake Forest, Oct. 21, 2017
Receptions: 1 at No.7 Clemson, Oct. 28, 2017
Receiving Yards: 15 yards at No. 7 Clemson, Oct. 28, 2017
Longest Reception: 15 yards at No. 7 Clemson, Oct. 28, 2017
Kickoff Returns: 2, twice – last vs. No. 7 Georgia, Nov. 25, 2017
Kickoff Return Yards: 36 yards at Duke, Nov. 18, 2017
Longest Kick Return: 20 yards vs. No. 7 Georgia, Nov. 25, 2017