Big play receiver with blazing speed ... Elusive runner who is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball ... Looks to take over as UMass' top wide receiver ... Should also see action as a kick returner ... Has played in 24 career games, starting twice.
2001: Played in nine games at wide receiver, earning his lone start at Hofstra ... Also one of UMass' top kickoff returners ... Had eight receptions on the season for 113 yards and a touchdown ... Also totaled 14 kickoff returns for 241 yards and five rushes for six yards ... Returned three kickoffs for 50 yards against Richmond in the season finale ... Had two kickoff returns for 69 yards at Villanova, while also catching a pass for five yards ... Caught a 60-yard pass for a touchdown against New Hampshire ... Returned four kickoffs for 43 yards at Delaware, in addition to catching a pass for two yards ... Totaled two receptions for 10 yards and two kickoff returns for 41 yards at Marshall ... Had two kickoff returns for 30 yards and a catch for four yards against William & Mary in the season opener ... Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the spring semester.
2000: Played in four games as a backup at wide receiver ... Caught six passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns ... Also returned five kickoffs for 102 yards and rushed two times for 25 yards ... Suffered a season-ending injury against Hofstra ... Ran back two kickoffs for 69 yards against Hofstra, before being injured ... Had two receptions for 26 yards and a score against New Haven, while also rushing once for 12 yards ... Caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown against William & Mary.
1999: A second string wide receiver for the Minutemen ... Played in 11 games on the season, starting once (at William & Mary) ... Had eight receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing twice for 26 yards ... Made one reception for seven yards in NCAA first-round victory at Furman ... Caught one pass for six yards against Connecticut, while also returning one kickoff for 36 yards ... Had one reception for 15 yards at William & Mary, while also rushing once for two yards ... Caught a pair of passes for 29 yards at Richmond ... Had two receptions for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory over Rhode Island ... Returned a kickoff 38 yards against Northeastern, while also rushing once for 24 yards and catching a pass for one yard ... Made one tackle on special teams in the Hofstra game ... Named Atlantic 10 preseason Newcomer of the Year by Street & Smith's.
Before UMass: Played one year of prep ball at Milford (Conn.) Academy for coach Jeff Bevino ... Milford's all-time leader in punt return yardage and punt return average (33 yards per return) ... Played high school ball for coach Dennis Scuderi at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.J. ... Rushed for 1,857 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season, while also catching 15 passes for 345 yards ... The first player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards ... Ran for 3,700 yards and 32 touchdowns during his high school career ... Also had career totals of 30 catches for 750 yards ... Team captain during junior and senior years ... Two-time All-South Jersey selection ... Named All-Conference three times.
Personal: Full name is James Emmanuel Howard ... Son of James and Linda Howard ... Born November 25, 1979, in Camden, N.J. ... Attended the same prep school as former UMass tailback Marcel Shipp ... Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree with an Independent Concentration.
Howard's Receiving Statistics
Howard's Rushing Statistics
Howard's Kickoff Return Statistics
Howard's Career Highs
Receptions 3 vs. William & Mary, 8/31/00 Receving Yards 89 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99 Longest Reception 68 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99 Touchdowns Receiving 2 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99 Rushing Yards 24 vs. Northeastern, 10/9/99 Rushing Attempts 2 at Delaware, 9/22/01 Longest Run 24 vs. Northeastern, 10/9/99 All-Purpose Yards 89 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99