|Birth Date:||February 18, 1990|
|High School:||Pearl Cohn|
Finally got back on the field for 2011 spring drills after rehabing an ankle injury...was among the top defensive players on the Golden Eagle roster in 2009...figured on becoming a headliner in 2010 but had not returned from surgery and missed the entire year...went into the 2011 season healthy and listed at the "Bull" linebacker spot...proved to have made a full recovery be becoming one of Tech's top linebackers in 2011...ranked second on the team in total tackles and tackles-for-loss...playmaker with great athletic ability...can really run and loves to hit...solid player with middle linebacker skills and mentality...agile and mobile player with good strength and technique... has made one appearances on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
AT TECH (In 2011): Recovered from ankle surgery to start in 10 of 11 games for Tech as an inside linebacker...made 79 tackles on the season (tied for second on the team) to tie teammate Richmond Tooley at 13th in the OVC at the season's end...had 13 total tackles against Murray State on Nov. 5 including one tackle for a two-yard loss...had 12 stops against SEMO and 10 against TSU...recorded 6.5 tackles-for-loss for 19 yards on the season and had one solo sack for a 10-yard loss against EKU...forced one fumble and had two break-ups on the year...
AT TECH (In 2010): Ankle surgery forced Howard
to watch the entire season from the sidelines as a medical
AT TECH (In 2009): Started eight games at middle linebacker but battled injuries throughout the season...finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 57 despite missing a game...also had 4.0 tackles-for-loss and caused a fumble...was averaging nearly 10 tackles per game through the first three games, getting eight against Pikeville and Kansas State and season-high 11 at Eastern Kentucky...came back later in the year to record eight stops against Tennessee State and seven versus Georgia...had a standout performance at EKU with 11 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a fumble forced.
AT TECH (In 2008): Howard saw action in seven games as a true freshman at the Bull linebacker position...made 17 total tackles including two tackles-for-loss...had one quarterback sack...made four tackles at Louisville in his first collegiate action...had career-high six tackles in victory over Central Methodist, including a sack...had five tackles at Murray State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Howard led his Pearl-Cohn High School team to back-to-back region championships...two-time All-Metro and two-time Tennessee All-State selection...named the Region Defensive MVP twice...as a senior he piled up 178 total tackles with 35 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions and five fumbles caused...also had nine QB sacks and blocked three punts...for his career he had 390 total tackles with seven interceptions, 24 sacks and caused 11 fumbles.
PERSONAL: The son of Howard and Sharon Griffin...birthdate is February 18, 1990...full name is Howard Lee Griffin, Jr...majoring in interdisciplinary studies.