Friday, October 21, 2016

WVU Player Spotlight: Skyler Howard

(Morgantown, WV)

Skyler                             Howard

Skyler Howard #3 QB

Red-shirt Junior 6’0” 206 lbs.

From Fort Worth, Texas


At the 2015 National Signing Day Press Conference, Head Coach Dana Holgerson stressed how the coaching staff was happy with the depth of the 2015 roster. One specific position is quarterback, with no starter and a lot of players with potential. QB Skyler Howard may have a slight advantage after getting the call to finish the 2014 season, replacing injured Trickett.

Before enrolling at West Virginia University in January 2014, Howard played at Riverside City College as the starter. He led the team in 2013 to a 10-2 season, the National Divisions Conference Championship and an appearance in the California State Championship game. He completed 219 out of 325 (67.4%) passes for 3,151 yards and 33 touchdowns. Also, Howard averaged 262.6 yards per game and only threw six interceptions.

Mountaineer fans first saw Skyler during the Kansas State where he put in a valiant effort, but the Mountaineers ended up losing 26-20. Despite the loss, some positive things could be taken away from this game. It showed his ability to run the ball and take a hit.

 Check out his 1st appearance below:

For the final regular season game, Howard and the Mountaineers traveled to take on the Iowa State Cyclones and came home with the 37-24 win. Skyler completed 21 passes for 3 touchdowns, threw 0 interceptions, and he rushed for 69 yards. This win seemed to put a little pep back in WVU’s step as they head to the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN. However, his 20 completions for 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and 33 rushing yards was not enough to come away with a post-season victory.

Will Skyler Howard get the call to be the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers for the 2015 season? We will have to wait and see how spring training and practices go.

(Information courtesy of wvusports.com and espn.com)

(Roster photo courtesy of wvusports.com)



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