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Keiron Howard could find a role on Maryland’s crowded defensive line

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The Terrapins have a crowded defensive front, and Howard is in the mix.

Alexander Jonesi

Maryland football starts its season in 47 days. Until then, we’re profiling every player on the roster.

Keiron Howard, defensive lineman

Height: 6’3
Weight: 289 pounds
Year: Redshirt freshman
High school: Potomac (Md.)

How Howard got to College Park

Back in 2014, Howard chose Maryland over a group of lower-echelon programs and Tennessee, opting to stay close to home and play for the Terrapins. He committed to help fill what was, at the time and still now, a position of need.

A highlight so far

Nothing just yet, so here’s high school tape:

2016 prospectus

He didn’t play at all in his first year on campus last season, but he was a onetime scout team player of the week and figures to have a legitimate shot at cracking the rotation this season. The Terps have a lot of defensive tackles, and Howard is likely to play there, too, although his 6’3, 289-pound frame could work well on an end.

So, the long-and-short is that Howard is in the thick of things. Maryland has a few players who are likely ahead of him on the depth chart – Azubuike Ukando, David Shaw, Kingsley Opara and Adam McLean at tackle, to name some – but Howard is a former three-star recruit who could develop enough to get a real shot.

What a dream season would look like

Howard earns a starting job and plays a lot at defensive tackle, a job he holds into next year. He helps a vastly improved run defense.

The next player in this series ...

... is a talented, local freshman on a unit with really high upside.


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