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O.J. Howard picks number for Buccaneers

Former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard (No. 88) in warm-ups for team South prior to Senior Bowl game: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

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.

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.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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