I certainly get all the Derrick Henry talk, but for all that, he’s not the guy on Alabama’s offense who concerns me the most.
That would be this dude.
[TE O.J.] Howard leads the team in receiving yards despite not catching a touchdown this season. At 6-foot-6 242 pounds with wide receiver skills, the Alabama native creates matchup problems for every team The Crimson Tide faces. He’s quick and athletic enough to gain clean releases at the line of scrimmage. He’s too big and physical for defensive backs to cover him but too athletic for linebackers. It’ll take a strong game plan and proper execution to throw him off his game.
Howard is one of those guys when you watch him on certain plays, you can’t help but see a three-time all-SEC tight end. Obviously, some combination of inconsistency and play calling has not led to that, but he still scares the crap out of me, especially when you consider that Georgia hasn’t figured out a way to handle the mid-field passing game.
I may not be a big fan of Lane Kiffin, but there’s no doubt he schooled Georgia’s defense in his one previous meeting. I hope we’re not adding Beyond Howard to the Lexicon on Sunday.