Will Howard, the newest Buckeye QB! Badly needed in a young QB Room


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18Will Howard

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    Downingtown, Pa.
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    Downingtown West

• 2023 All-Big 12 Second Team (Coaches)
• 2023 Honorable Mention Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
• 2023 Manning Award Star of the Week (UCF)
• 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week (TCU)
• 2023 Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 List (Troy)
• 2023 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 25
• 2023 Maxwell Award watch list
• 2023 Davey O’Brien Award watch list
• 2022-23 Wuerffel Trophy watch list
• 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list
• 2022 Manning Award Star of the Week (Oklahoma State)
• 2022 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oklahoma State)
• 2021-22 First Team Academic All-Big 12
• 2020 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (TCU)

CAREER: Played in 34 games with 27 starts as finished his career ranking fourth among K-State quarterbacks in career starts since 1990… Set the school’s career record for touchdown passes (48), while he ranked fourth in career completions (458), fifth in passing yards (5,786), attempts (779) and total offense per game (197.3), sixth in passing yards per game (170.2) and seventh in passing efficiency (135.1)… Also ranked fourth in career touchdowns responsible for (67) and sixth in total offense (6,707)… One of just five quarterbacks in school history with at least 1,000 passing yards in three different seasons, joining Lynn Dickey (1968-70), Carl Straw (1988-90), Josh Freeman (2006-08) and Skylar Thompson (2017-21)… Held a streak throwing multiple touchdown passes in eight-consecutive regular-season games spanning the 2022 and 2023 seasons, the longest streak by a Wildcat since at least 1982.

2023: Started all 12 regular-season games, throwing for 2,643 yards and a school-record tying 24 touchdowns on 219-of-357 aim, while he rushed 81 times for 351 yards and nine touchdowns en route to All-Big 12 Second Team honors from the league’s coaches… Also picked up votes for the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year award… Ranked seventh nationally in points responsible for per game (17.5), 13th in total points responsible for (210) and 23rd in passing touchdowns… Ranked second in the Big 12 in passing touchdowns and touchdowns responsible for (33), sixth in total offense per game (249.50) and tied for ninth in touchdown scoring (5.33 points per game)… Ranked fourth in school history in single-season completions, sixth in passing yards and seventh in attempts… His passing yardage total ranked third in school history among seniors… Also ranked seventh in school history in single-season touchdowns responsible for (33) and ninth in total offensive yards (2,994)… Totaled five games on the season with three or more passing touchdowns, the most by a Wildcat since Josh Freeman had five such games in 2008… Threw for a career-high 327 passing yards at Texas, the most by a Wildcat since Adrian Martinez had 329 yards in 2022 against Texas… His effort against the Longhorns included a school-record tying and career-high tying four touchdown passes… Completed 88.2% of his passes (15-of-17) against Houston to rank third in school history in single-game completion percentage… Started the game against the Cougars by completing his first 12 passes, the most by a Wildcat since at least 1994… Threw for three touchdowns against TCU en route to Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week honors… Set career highs in completions (27) and attempts (42) against UCF, the former being the most since Skylar Thompson had 29 completions against Oklahoma in 2021… Also tied a career high with two rushing scores against the Knights… Responsible for five touchdowns (3 pass/2 rush) against Troy as he was named to Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 List… Passed for a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass all in the second quarter against SEMO, the sixth time a Big 12 quarterback ever did all three in one game and the first since TCU’s Kenny Hill against Stanford in 2017… Howard did all three in the second quarter, the second Big 12 quarterback ever to do all three in one quarter (Nebraska’s Eric Crouch vs. California in 1999)… One of only 10 players in the nation with a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown during the season – with one of the other players being K-State’s Treshaun Ward – while he was one of only two players to do all three in one game… Became the first player in school history to throw for 250 yards in four-straight games in a single season when he opened the year with four such games… Voted a team captain.

2022: Played in seven games with six starts over the second half of the season, including the Big 12 Championship victory over TCU and in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama… Threw for 1,633 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions on 119-of-199 aim, while he rushed for three touchdowns… Ranked eighth in school history in passing efficiency at 149.6… Recorded multiple touchdown passes in six-straight games, the longest streak ever by a Wildcat in a single season and the longest overall since Josh Freeman did so in seven games (final three games of 2007, first four games of 2008)… Tied a school record with four touchdown passes against Oklahoma State while also setting a career high in passing yards (296) and tying his career high in completions (21)… Earned Manning Award Star of the Week and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades following the OSU game… It was the 17th time in school history a Wildcat had four touchdowns passes in a game, while it was the first time since Jesse Ertz against Central Arkansas in 2017 and the first against a Big 12 opponent since Jake Waters against Kansas in 2014… All four of Howard’s touchdown passes against the Cowboys came in the first half as he became the third Wildcat to throw four in a half (Michael Bishop – 1997 vs. Northern Illinois and Paul Watson –1988 vs. Louisiana Tech)… Nearly tied his career high in passing yards at West Virginia with 294… Had a career-long pass of 80 yards against Kansas, which tied for the 12th-longest pass play in school history… Had 35 pass attempts in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama to tie for third in K-State’s bowl history, while his 18 completions tied for sixth… Helped K-State average 418.8 yards per game and 210.5 passing yards per game, both the best marks by the Wildcats since 2014… A First Team Academic All-Big 12 performer who was nominated with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

2021: Played in six games with starts against Nevada, Oklahoma State and Texas… Finished the season throwing for 332 yards and a touchdown on 30-of-55 aim with just one interception, while he rushed 32 times for 184 yards and four scores… Had a career-high two rushing touchdowns against Nevada, both of which came in the fourth quarter as K-State broke a 17-17 tie… Tallied a 71-yard touchdown run at Texas, the longest for a score in his career and the second-longest overall (80 yards at TCU, 2020)… Tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass against Nevada, the second of his career over 65 yards… A First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

2020: Played in nine games with starts in each of the final seven contests, one of just four true freshmen quarterbacks in the nation to make at least seven starts during the 2020 season… Threw for 1,178 yards and eight touchdowns on 90-of-168 aim, while he rushed for 364 yards and three scores on 78 attempts… Set the school record for passing touchdowns by a freshman, while his passing yardage and total offense (1,542) total ranked third… Ranked fifth in school history among freshmen in rushing yards, and he is the only quarterback to reach the top-five in that category… Averaged 13.09 yards per completion, the second-highest nationally among true freshmen… Earned his first-career start at TCU, becoming the first true freshman quarterback in school history earn the win in his first-career road start… Busted an 80-yard run against the Horned Frogs, tied for the seventh-longest run in school history and was the second longest by a quarterback… His scamper at TCU was also the fifth-longest run among quarterbacks in the nation during the 2020 season and was the fourth longest by a true freshman regardless of position… Picked up Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors following the TCU game… Backed up that with a win in his next start against Kansas as he became the first true freshman in school history to win his first two career starts… Tallied 243 passing yards against the Jayhawks, the fifth most by a true freshman quarterback in school history… Totaled 125 rushing yards against Oklahoma State, tied for the fifth most by a freshman in school history and the highest by a quarterback… Played a majority of the Texas Tech game, leading the Wildcats to a comeback victory after trailing, 21-17, in the fourth quarter… Had passing plays of 66 and 70 yards against the Red Raiders, the first Wildcat with two passes of at least 65 yards in the same game since the 2017 season opener and the first in a Big 12 game since 2013.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Downingtown West under head coach Mike Milano… Viewed as the 13th-best pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports, while ESPN ranked him as the 26th-best dual-threat quarterback in the class… Also regarded as the seventh-best overall prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by 247Sports and No. 11 by ESPN… Named the All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, while he was named all-state by the Pennsylvania Football Writers… Also named the Maxwell Football Club Pennsylvania Player of the Year… Threw for 5,308 yards and 48 touchdowns during his prep career, including a 2,543-yard, 27-touchdown performance as a senior to lead the Whippets to a 13-2 record and a trip to the state semifinals… Led Downingtown West to its first district title since 1996… The Whippets went 11-2 and earned a trip to the state playoffs during his junior season… Rushed for 512 yards and 21 touchdowns as a prep… Also played basketball, earning a pair of all-area honors and was a 1,000-point scorer in his career.

PERSONAL: Will Howard was born September 24, 2001, in West Chester, Pennsylvania… Son of Bob and Maureen Howard… Has three siblings, Tori, Ryan and Grace… Majoring in accounting.

Will Howard with Kansas State looking for a receiver (courtesy Kansas State Athletics)