We’re not going to hand out a grade to Benson but it is worth noting that the sophomore was off to a fantastic start on the season before tearing his ACL against USF.
As Benson’s backup and now replacement, Mason has been one of the most consistent offensive threats for the Jackets this season. The redshirt freshman has seven carries this season for 482-yards and four touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets at times have seemingly struggled in finding opportunities to get the ball in his hand which is a failure on multiple levels when looking at his overall consistency and yards per carry of 6.9
Howard entered the season as the third string but quickly rose to the second string spot once Mason took over as the starter. In response, Howard has been solid with the touches he’s been given, a total of 48 through seven games. With those 48 carries, he’s totaled 257-yards and three touchdowns and has seemed to get stronger and stronger each week, a good sign of things to come for the South Carolina native.