Up in today’s 2019 season review is Georgia Tech junior running back, No.5 Jerry Howard.
Believe it or not, Jerry Howard has already completed his junior season as a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket. The oldest of Georgia Tech’s tailbacks saw his role diminished but still was a solid part of the Jackets offense.
Compared to his sophomore season in 2018, Howard had a very limited role for the Yellow Jackets. The junior out of Rock Hill, South Carolina only carried the ball 23 times throughout the season, matching his freshman total. With those 23 carries, Howard ran for 104-yards and no touchdowns. The 4.4 yards per carry was the lowest of his career on The Flats. For comparison, as a sophomore, Howard had 107 carries for 574-yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry that season.
Throughout the season, Howard saw himself go up-and-down in terms of carries but never eclipsed more than five carries in one game. His best string of consistency came over a three game period against North Carolina, Duke, and Miami (FL). Through those three games, Howard totaled 12 of 23 carries on the season including five against Miami (FL) where he totaled 22-yards. His best performance of the season, however, came against North Carolina where he carried the ball three times for 31-yards.
As of right now, Howard is set to return in 2020 for his senior year on The Flats. He’ll most likely continue to be a backup for the Jackets while also being used in a very fullback like manner as well.