TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama tight end O.J. Howard was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday.
Howard has caught 22 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.
Howard earned his undergraduate degree this past May and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the Sport Business Management program at Alabama. He earned Dean’s List honors in his final semester of undergraduate studies and maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
Howard is a member of the football team’s leadership council and has been named a game captain on numerous occasions.
Howard has spent extensive time in the community, working with the elderly and youth organizations across the state of Alabama. He regularly visits children’s hospitals in Birmingham and also spent time at the children’s hospitals in New Orleans and Dallas during the Crimson Tide’s bowl trips. Howard has also volunteered numerous hours at retirement homes across Tuscaloosa and at the VA hospital of Tuscaloosa in each of the last three years. Most recently, he and teammates spent a day this summer doing a Habitat for Humanity build with his teammates, and later helped to pack up football equipment for schools in West Virginia affected by the significant floods that hit the state over the summer.
On the field, Howard has been one of the Tide’s most consistent players and one of the top tight ends in the nation. Heading into the 2016 season, he was chosen to the Mackey, Maxwell, Wuerffel and Lombardi Award preseason watch lists.
Last season, Howard was named MVP of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game thanks to his record-setting performance against Clemson that saw him haul in 5 catches for a career-high 208 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also finished his junior season as the team’s leader in yards per catch, averaging 15.8 yards per reception.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.