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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jaye Howard, DT

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Apopka, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 301 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
141144-5
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 4/114 - Jaye Howard, DT, 6-3, 301, Florida...Howard played under former Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn at Florida, where he serves as the Gators defensive coordinator. That should help in his transition to Seattle. - The Sports Xchange

01/04/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL INVITE: Howard, an Honorable Mention All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, finished fourth on the team in tackles this season with 65, including 10 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries-one of which he returned for a touchdown.He also tallied 1.5 sacks in the Gators' bowl victory over Ohio State and was a part of a defensive unit that totaled six sacks in the game. "I want to prove that I'm one of the elite defenders in this class this year and it's a business trip for me," Howard said of the Senior Bowl. Howard, a native of Apopka, Florida, finished his career with 131 tackles, including 25.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. He played in 45 career games for the Gators, making 25 starts. "I'm quick, I can run all over the field and chase plays down. I want to prove that I can play several positions on the defensive line, not just d-tackle," Howard added. "I can play the end, nose guard-everything on the d-line, so I can bring that to a system." - SeniorBowl.com

01/03/2012 - Florida's Jaye Howard timed the snap perfectly, blew through two defenders and violently slammed Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to the ground. "I had a lot of frustrations, man," Howard said. "Urban brought it out in me today." Urban Meyer's future team got a good look at his former team, and the Buckeyes learned just how fast the Gators can be. Florida's defense and special teams came up big in the Gator Bowl, recording six sacks and scoring twice as the Gators beat Ohio State 24-17 on Monday. Andre Debose returned a kickoff 99 yards-the longest scoring play in bowl history-and Chris Rainey blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown. The speedsters helped the Gators (7-6) avoid their first losing season since 1979 and pick up some much-needed momentum after losing six of their previous eight games. "We don't want to be remembered as the team that lost, so it was a big game for us," Howard said. "Not only for the seniors, but the program as a whole. It's a building block for next year." Ohio State (6-7) dropped four straight to finish below .500 for the first time since 1988, and lost seven games for the first time since 1897. The Buckeyes can take solace in knowing that Meyer, who officially takes over for interim coach Luke Fickell at Ohio State this week, will make it a priority to improve special teams. Meyer did that in his six seasons in Gainesville, and Rainey and Debose were two of his most prized recruits. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Florida run defense: Florida's front seven started the season effectively stopping the run. But as the season progressed, UF's stingy run defense regressed. The Gators have allowed 132.3 yards per game rushing on 3.4 yards per carry, but have allowed 153 yards rushing per game in SEC games. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - One benefit to Florida having such a young roster is fewer Gators might leave early for the NFL Draft. Several top players have left school early in recent years to pursue their pro dreams, but UF appears to be safe this offseason. Florida has struggled to a 6-6 record with a roster largely composed of sophomores and freshmen. Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Thursday that he believes every underclassman on defense who is draft eligible will return next season for the Gators. Florida's offense isn't expected to have anyone declare either. Should Florida lose no one early, the news would be hardly surprising. The Gators landed one player on the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team and that was junior kicker Caleb Sturgis. The Gators draft class as a whole could be the leanest since 1993, when defensive back Lawrence Hatch was the first UF player selected, by New England in the sixth round. UF has a nation-best five-year run of having at least one first-round draftee, but that streak will end. Senior defensive tackle Jaye Howard appears to be Florida's top NFL prospect and he might last beyond the third round. Florida coach Will Muschamp and Quinn have praised Howard this week and believe he has helped his stock. The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Howard has 60 tackles with four sacks and two fumble recoveries this season. "I thought he really improved as the season went on," Quinn said. "I thought it was important for him from last year to this year to get his weight down, get his conditioning up so he could finish on plays and I think he's shown that on tape." - Garry Smits, Hays Carlyon - Florida Times-Union

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida, 6-3, 303, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Conference Honorable Mention for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. - Florida football

09/26/2011 - WEEK 4 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jaye Howard, Defensive Tackle, Florida: Howard recovered a fumble and returned it for Florida's first defensive touchdown of the season in the Gators' 48-10 win against Kentucky...He totaled three tackles and has a pass breakup against the Wildcats...Howard anchored a defensive front that limited Kentucky to 4-of-17 on third downs and 0-for-5 on fourth downs and forced the Wildcats into three 3-and-outs...Florida is third in the SEC and fifth in the nation in rushing defense (56.5 ypg) and is second in the SEC and fourth in the nation in scoring defense (9.0 ppg). - SEC football

09/23/2011 - On defense, Florida held Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray in check. Bray, coming off a 405-yard passing day last week against Cincinnati, was held for 288 yards passing. Bray threw three TD passes, but also had two interceptions and was sacked three times. "We played with a chip on our shoulder," Florida defensive lineman Jaye Howard said. "We went out there and made a point. They were talking a lot of crap that their quarterback was invincible, so we had to go out there and show he could be taken down." - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - DT Jaye Howard was named SEC co-defensive lineman of the week following his performance against FAU. Howard finished with four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - SEC WEEK 1 CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE WEEK: Jaye Howard, Defensive Tackle, Florida, dominated line of scrimmage for Gators in 41-3 win against Florida Atlantic...He had four tackles, 1.5 for losses and a 12-yard sack...The Gators gave up just 30 rushing yards to FAU on 30 attempts. - SEC football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida, (Played in 31 games, 66 career tackles and 15.5 TFLs), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jaye Howard, Florida, DT, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Howard enters his senior season having played in 31 games, with 12 starts. During his Gator career, Howard has recorded 66 tackles (43 solo, 23 assisted), 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. - Florida football

07/11/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jaye Howard, Florida, DT, has been selected one of 65 players named to Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football, presented annually since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major college football. Howard enters his senior season having played in 31 games, with 12 starts. During his Gator career, Howard has recorded 66 tackles (43 solo, 23 assisted), 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. - Florida football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jaye Howard, Florida, DT, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Howard enters his senior season having played in 31 games, with 12 starts. During his Gator career, Howard has recorded 66 tackles (43 solo, 23 assisted), 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. - Florida football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 4/114 - Jaye Howard, DT, 6-3, 301, Florida...Howard played under former Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn at Florida, where he serves as the Gators defensive coordinator. That should help in his transition to Seattle. - The Sports Xchange

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