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84 Bug Howard
Howard Howard 1082542

Tall, talented receiver who improved each season in Chapel Hill and was the team's top touchdown target as a senior • Finished his career with 18 touchdown receptions, which ranks sixth all-time at UNC.

2016 – Senior Season
Named honorable mention All-ACC by ACSMA • Started all 13 games • Ranked second on the team with 53 catches for 827 yards and a team-high eight receiving touchdowns • Had three straight games with 100 or more yards receiving in wins over Miami, Virginia and Georgia Tech • Wore No. 13 in honor of teammate Mack Hollins after Hollins went down with a season-ending injury vs. Miami • Made five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown vs. Stanford in the Sun Bowl • Caught three balls for 58 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown reception, against NC State • Did not have a reception vs. The Citadel • Had three catches for 52 yards and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky at Duke • Made six receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 48-20 win over Georgia Tech • Made a career-long 68-yard TD reception outrunning the Yellow Jackets to the end zone • Had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in a 35-14 win at Virginia • Made a 40-yard touchdown reception on a trick play against the Cavaliers • Had career highs in catches (10) and receiving yards (156) in the win at No. 16 Miami • Had one catch for 12 yards vs. Virginia Tech • Made six receptions and caught two TD passes for the second time in his career and first time since 2013 against Boston College • Made three receptions for 69 yards, including a 12-yard TD catch, in the win over JMU • Had three catches for 60 yards, including a long of 28, in a win at Illinois • Caught two passes for 15 yards, including a long of nine, in the season opener vs. No. 18 Georgia.

2015 - Junior Season
Fourth-leading receiver with 29 catches for 488 yards and four touchdowns • Ranked sixth in the ACC with 16.8 yards per catch • Made three receptions for 42 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown catch in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Baylor • Caught one pass for 11 yards in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson • Finished with three receptions for 28 yards and a 17-yard kickoff return on an onside kick in the win at NC State • Caught three passes for 83 yards and a 49-yard touchdown at the end of the first half in the win over Duke • Finished with two catches for 43 yards against Virginia • Grabbed four receptions for 45 yards in the win over Wake Forest • Caught three passes for 52 yards and his second touchdown of the year in the win over Delaware • Had one catch for 27 yards in the win over Illinois and two grabs for 37 yards in the NC A&T win • Had a standout performance in the season opener against South Carolina, finishing with career highs of six catches and 114 yards with a touchdown • Made his first career start against the Gamecocks.

2014 - Sophomore Season
Finished the season with 42 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns • Had four receptions for 32 yards in the Quick Lane Bowl vs. Rutgers • Caught four passes for a season-high 79 yards against NC State • Logged three receptions in three straight games against Duke, Pitt and Miami • Had four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown in the win over Georgia Tech • Finished with three catches for 23 yards at Notre Dame • Matched a career high with five catches for 50 yards at Clemson • Also had five catches at East Carolina and in the season opener against Liberty.

2013 - True Freshman Season
Appeared in all 13 games at wide receiver • Finished the season with 22 catches for 278 yards and four touchdowns • Was held without a catch in the last two games of the season against Duke and Cincinnati • Caught two passes for 29 yards against Old Dominion • Had one catch for 11 yards at Pitt • Caught two passes for 33 yards in the win over Virginia • Had season highs of five catches and 72 yards in the win at NC State • Had three catches for 31 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Boston College • Caught two passes for 12 yards against Miami • Had two catches for 17 yards at Virginia Tech • Scored his scored touchdown of the season against East Carolina, a three-yard grab • Scored his first career touchdown against Middle Tennessee, an acrobatic 15-yard reception from Marquise Williams • Caught two passes for 32 yards in his Tar Heel debut at No. 6 South Carolina.

Wilcox County High School
2012 MaxPreps Small School All-America selection • Named to the ESPN 300 list of the nation's top recruits  • Listed as the nation's No. 24 wide receiver and No. 22 player in Georgia by ESPN.com • Class A all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Named the AJC's Offensive Class A Player of the Year • Invited to the Macon Touchdown Club as one of the Super Seven athletes in middle Georgia • Had the second-highest single-season receiving total in Georgia history with 1,630 receiving yards as a senior • Also scored 19 total touchdowns and finished the season with 115 catches • Ranked the nation's No. 75 wide receiver by Scout.com • Considered among the top 100 players in Georgia and the No. 92 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com • Coached by Mark Ledford.

His pet peeve is when people assume he is a basketball player because he is tall • Wears No. 84 because of Randy Moss • Likes to dance before games • People say he looks like Soulja Boy • Communication studies major • Born Johnathan Jamaul Howard on Nov. 28, 1994 • Nickname is “Bug,” a moniker his mother gave him when he was a toddler • Son of Lonnie and Veronica Howard.

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rochelle, Ga.
High School: Wilcox County
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