The university’s administration may have dealt the final, fatal blow to the UAB football program, but they didn’t do the same to the careers of the individual football players who make up that team.
It’s been confirmed that any current Blazer will be permitted to transfer to any university, including any that’s part of Conference USA, without restrictions. Armed with the knowledge that any Blazer would be eligible to play immediately, football programs are lining up at least one in particular.
Speaking to al.com, running back Jordan Howard stated that nearly every team in the now-former program’s conference had contacted him, although he declined to get into specifics, save for one, on that front. On top of league teams, programs such as Wisconsin, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Boise State have already shown interest as well.
He’s already met face-to-face with coaches from Vandy, as well as those from Nevada and Middle Tennessee State. A visit to the Hoosiers is in the offing as well.
“I always felt like I had the talent to play at any level,” Howard, whose only FBS scholarship coming out of high school came from UAB, said. “I guess they’re starting to realize that now.”
This season, Howard was second in the conference with a school-record 1,587 yards. His 13 rushing touchdowns were also a school record. As a true freshman in 2013, he was second on the team in rushing with 881 yards.
Howard, who will have two years of eligibility remaining plus a redshirt season at his disposal if needed, said he hopes to find a landing spot before the end of December, with the goal being to enroll in January and participate in spring practice.
“I don’t want to get too far behind,” the back said.