After getting selected in the first round – 19th overall pick – in the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard performed his first task on Tuesday.
Per Scott Smith, senior writer for the Buccaneers, Howard will wear No. 80 in the fall to start his rookie season. The Prattville, Ala., native donned No. 88 during his four-year career with the Crimson Tide.
He recorded 114 catches in his tenure for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.
Yep. It's official. O.J. Howard will wear no. 80 as a Buccaneer. pic.twitter.com/DDGnYPfPqJ
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) May 2, 2017
In both College Football Playoff national title games versus Clemson, Howard totaled nine catches for 208 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He was a part of three Southeastern Conference championship teams (2014-16) and a national championship squad in 2015. Howard is on roster full of talented pass catchers, including Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, Josh Huff, Adam Humphrey and Cameron Brate.