While the passing game has shown flashes of being truly dynamic in the first two seasons under Dino Babers, the ground game has struggled to get going for the Syracuse Orange. Babers and his staff have made it a point to address those issues, and landed another potential piece to solving the problems with the commitment of 3-star runningback Jarveon Howard.

Howard, a 5-foot-10, 202 pound back from Mississippi, spurned his home-state schools of Ole Miss and Mississippi State in favor of Syracuse. The physical runner with a laser-timed speed of 4.55 seconds in the 40 at the Opening Regional in New Orleans last year also held an offer from Tennessee, among others like Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi. Howard pledges to the Orange after having taken an official visit to Syracuse last weekend.

This past season he rushed for 1,508 yards on just 118 carries, an average of 12.8 yards-per-attempt. He added 21 touchdowns, and caught 11 passes for 203 yards (18.5 yards-per-catch) and two more scores. For those keeping track at home, that’s 23 scores on 129 touches – an average of one touchdown every 5.6 times he touched the ball on offense.

Howard, as I mentioned above, is a physical runner who certainly seems to love contact. He’s got a muscular, thick build but enough wiggle to elude tacklers as well. One football person whose opinion I trust compared him to Delone Carter, and there’s definitely some similarity there. I think we’d all be pretty happy to find another DC3 in our backfield, don’t you think?

With Howard on board, the Orange now have a pair of powerful runners committed between him and Akeem Dixon, who also took his official to Syracuse this past weekend and who is expected to sign with the Orange in February. Now, Syracuse just awaits the final decision of Mychale Salahuddin, the explosive tailback from Washington DC who also took an official to SU this past weekend and will be checking out Pitt this coming weekend.

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