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Howard to start against the Bulldogs in Athens


  by - Senior Writer - Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:30 PM
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Howard is Clemson's most experienced running back

CLEMSON – D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Sr. Running Back
#22 6-0, 205
Lincoln, AL

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is set to start the season opener in Athens.

Howard, a senior out of Lincoln (AL) High School, has two starts while playing 442 snaps over 36 games in his first three seasons. Next Saturday in Athens, he will make start number three, according to head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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, who also cautioned that all of the running backs are going to play.

"D.J. Howard will start for us," Swinney said after Friday’s Beanie Bowl, "but they’re all going to play."

Howard, the Tigers' active leader with 581 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 133 carries, told TigerNet that is doesn’t matter to him which player starts – it will take a total team effort.

“It doesn't really mean that much to me. I know I can't do it alone” he said. “I am going to need those guys. They have to prepare like they are going to be the starter, because it only takes one play. We have learned that from Zac this week.”

Brooks tore a ligament in his foot during practice Tuesday, and Howard said he wasn’t aware of the severity of the injury at first glance.

“When I first saw it happen, it was kind of surreal. It was like he had just rolled his ankle or something,” Howard said. “But come to find out it was more serious than that. It still kind of feels surreal to me, but I understand that we have to move forward. I have to have a positive attitude and keep my arms around him. We are going to need him - he can't do anything for us physically, but we are going to need his positive attitude to come along with us.”

Brooks will be out for the season, and Swinney said Thursday that freshman Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
Fr. Running Back
#26 5-10, 211
Thomasville, GA

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will play this season. Howard said that while he isn’t sure of how Choice will be used, it’s all hands on deck under offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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.

“I am not really sure of the plan that Coach Swinney and Coach Morris have for those guys, but we are going to need more than one back in this system,” he said. “Everybody has to prepare to be that guy, because you never know when your time is going to come. We all bring different things to the table.”

Howard said he won’t let the news that he is going to start change how he prepares.

“I am working as if I am going to be the starter, but however the chips fall let them fall,” he said. “I am going to keep on doing what I do best, which is work hard and keep the other guys motivated. I am going to keep them motivated and bring them along with me. “

The coaches have said that this camp has been the best of Howard’s career, and he agreed.

“I believe it has. It's been by far my best camp,” he said. “There have been a lot of growing pains, like understanding that I have to take care of my body more. I have to watch what I eat, have to work out more, have to sleep better. It's just growing pains.”

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New Story: Howard to start against the Bulldogs in Athens
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Dont understand this
tigrrfan
A coot who doesn't understand?
dirtysteve864®
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
lionsdb
You're obviously a coot too so of course you would have
The hillbilly beater®
Re: You're obviously a coot too so of course you would have
babaganoush
like aarp? so hartins could start? or because he's the
deadsolidperfect®
Re: You're obviously a coot too so of course you would have
slumdog
Re: You're obviously a coot too so of course you would have
lhaselden
Re: You're obviously a coot too so of course you would have
lhaselden
Re: You're obviously a coot too so of course you would have
slumdog
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
slumdog
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
FEEL
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
lhaselden
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
TigerDrewz
we don't need a turnover 1st play like Fla st.***
hphallman
my God This thread is soiled with coot & dawgs turds!!!
jbthe1tiger99®
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
lhaselden
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
slumdog
Re: A coot who doesn't understand?
F7FTigerCat
Where u at dirty one?***
tigrrfan
Do You Understand Start versus Featured??***
theclash
Re: Dont understand this
slumdog
I love these fans who are adamant the coaches aren't playing
acevans
Re: Dont understand this
logans heroes
Gosh, you guys are acting like this is Ronald Williams
llamasnot
Gosh, you guys are acting like this is Ronald Williams
llamasnot
Re: Gosh, you guys are acting like this is Ronald Williams
Knuck
Article states he will start.
JohnFBell®
Re: Article states he will start.
slumdog
Re: Article states he will start.
ALLIN4CU®
i like it, go DJ, kick some mutt!***
ClemsonRangers
Is this a new story? I thought it was announced a couple
Smiling Tiger®
not new to you, might be new to some...***
deadsolidperfect®
I'm sure it is.***
Smiling Tiger®
good... i'm glad you're sure.***
deadsolidperfect®
I'm sure it's new in Germany.***
Smiling Tiger®
those crazy hessians... they'll show up anywhere.***
deadsolidperfect®
hesh your mouth!***
Smiling Tiger®
Re: hesh your mouth!***
slumdog
germans...
deadsolidperfect®
I'm starved for articles about this team.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: New Story: Howard to start against the Bulldogs in Athens
GIJoey
Re: New Story: Howard to start against the Bulldogs in Athens
slumdog
You doubters will be eating crow. This kid is good and he is
1portroyalty
I sure hope that he does great but.......
72 Fla. Tiger
Re: I sure hope that he does great but.......
DrDre
50 bucks says he doesn't get 40 yards
BlueHose
Does Morris have a choice?
superdawg51
Re: Does Morris have a choice?
Tigerman1978
Dabo ain't stupid. He remembers a freshman with no game
BengalBilly
Re: Dabo ain't stupid. He remembers a freshman with no game
littleemmaspapa1
I remember Howard having a HUGE fumble......
72 Fla. Tiger
Re: I remember Howard having a HUGE fumble......
deroberts®
I can't recall a great Tiger tailback that didn't have a
BengalBilly
Just to mess with you...
DMDRanch
Tigrrfan is a genius***
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