Howard named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week #iufb

The Big Ten announced Monday that Indiana junior running back Jordan Howard has earned Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.

In Saturday’s win at Wake Forest, Howard became the only Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last 20 seasons with 140-plus rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program when he logged 168 yards on 33 carries (5.1 average) and a score in the 31-24 victory.

He leads the nation with 675 rushing yards and is second with 168.8 per game (first in Big Ten) and 111 attempts (second), fourth with 743 all-purpose yards (first) and sixth with 185.8 per game (first). Of Howard’s 111 carries, 37 (33.3 percent) have resulted in either a first down or a score and 104 (93.7) have gone for positive yardage.

Howard, who shares the weekly honor with Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, is the first Hoosier to collect the award since running back Tevin Coleman on Oct. 13, 2014. IU true freshman safety Jonathan Crawford was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week last week.

Since the start of 2013, Howard is first nationally among active backs with 3,143 rushing yards, 562 attempts and 10 150-yard games, second with 15 100-yard games, third with 116.4 rushing yards per game and 3,366 yards from scrimmage, fourth with 124.7 yards from scrimmage per game and tied for sixth with two 200-yard games.

Indiana is 4-0 for the first time since 1990 and the sixth time in school history. The Hoosiers take a five-game winning streak, the program’s longest since 1987 (five), into Saturday’s matchup against top-ranked Ohio State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. ABC — with a reverse mirror on ESPN2 — will broadcast the game.

3 comments

  1. While Howard is outstanding, this is really a testament to IU’s O-line. It’s the second year in a row where they have enabled a talented running back to achieve such success. To Howard’s great credit, while he does not appear to possess the break away speed of his predecessor, he does gain a lot of his yards after initial contact. And he just wares out opposing linebackers, DBs and safeties. It’s fun to watch.

  2. IU is becoming Tailback “U” with Coleman and now Howard. We have talented RBs on the roster and we have one coming in next year that beat out a senior [he was a JR at the time] that had signed with MSU; so at least in one situation we have the better RB than MSU coming in.

    If IU can win another 3 or 4 games this year [possible but tough to do] it will really help with recruiting for 2016. We already have a good start with a number of transfers that I hope are talented enough to play right away – Patrick jc recruit not eligible this year, Green a DB from South Carolina, and Bowen an OL from Cincinnati.

    The bigger year Howard has the more press he gives IU which makes recruiting easier. This year’s record is important for recruiting as it gives credence to the idea that 2014 was a wash after Nate was injuried. This year’s team is on track to continue to increase the wins under Coach Wilson each year.

    It is great having Howard on the team as it is fun to see him exert his will on defenses. You can see defenders approach him differently later in the game than they did when tackling him early in the game. I hope his approach the the game rubs off on the other RBs as they do need to take a more physical approach to the game. I am just really happy UAB’s loss is IU’s gain as we have another special RB this year.

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