A transfer from the University of Central Florida, who has one year of eligibility remaining ? A tough, durable back, who will compete with Kevin Quinlan for playing time at tailback ? A physical player who can run inside or outside ? Brings great experience from a Division I-A program ? Enrolled at UMass in January and took part in spring practice.
Before UMass: Rushed for 605 yards and nine touchdowns on 144 carries over the last three seasons at Central Florida ? Also caught seven passes for 89 yards ? His top season came in 1999, when he carried 65 times for 327 yards and five scores ? Prior to his time at Central Florida, played one season at Milford (Conn.) Academy ? A 1997 graduate of Corcoran High School in Syracuse, N.Y., where he played for coach Leo Cosgrove ? Rushed for over 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior season at Corcoran ? Named a high school All-American by Super Prep, Blue-Chip Illustrated and Parade, in addition to being selected State Player of the Year.
Personal:?Full name is Omari B. Howard ? Born March 8, 1977, in Syracuse, N.Y. ? Son of Wilbert and Lillian Howard ? Attended the same high school as sophomore offensive lineman Carmen Collins ? Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Howard?s Rushing Statistics (at Central Florida)
Howard?s Receiving Statistics (at Central Florida)