Junior - DB - 5'11 184 - Miramar, Fla.
Howard was the No. 1 ranked cornerback of the 2012 recruiting class, and he came to Miami with good friend and high school teammate WR Malcolm Lewis. Considered one of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball, last season was welcoming party. The former 5-star recruit had a team leading four interceptions during his sophomore season, and he also registered 35 tackles in his 12 starts.
Watch Howard's first career interception, against none other the University of Florida:
Summary: Miami's struggles on defense have been known for quite some time now, but those struggles are not caused by lackluster defensive back play. This unit is one of the more reliable for the 'Canes, and a large reason for that is Howard's growth last season. Going forward, I expect Howard not to be thrown to as much, as opposing teams will start to respect the side of the field he is on. Although he did not have his first interception until his sophomore season, he seems to come up with them in crucial moments during games.
Tracy goes for two against the Tar Heels: