"He's very physical, has long arms, and good speed," David Cooney, his position coach, told Rivals in February. "He's a big time corner prospect that nobody's heard much about. I think he has the ability to play in the SEC, we just need to get his name out there more."
"Is Coach Bay ever sick?" Jason asked. "Does he ever have pneumonia? Does he ever have the flu? Does he ever have a cold? Does he ever have anything? Talking to the other players who went to Syracuse, we all see on TV that he looks the same. I mean, the hair has changed, but he's still doing the same things with the same mannerisms."
The former offensive line coach has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as player personnel scout.
Howard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last July. The injury forced Howard, a 6-foot-5 guard, to miss his entire junior season at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va.
The preseason guessing game for Syracuse's 2014 campaign continued on Friday as Athlon Sports ranked the Orange the 61st-best team in the nation.
Nicholas Trivelpiece, a 10-year-old from Syracuse with optic glioma, will be a guest speaker at the Mary Kline Classic on Saturday.
Men's basketball has more than 24,000 season ticket holders. No existing NBA stadium in the nation has the capacity to seat that many spectators.
"Syracuse won't be as good as it was at the start of last season and may not be as bad as it was late," Athlon reporter David Fox wrote. "Still, the middle ground between the two would qualify as a down year for the Orange."
Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Eye on College Football examines what current hot topic the fans of one BCS team are obsessing over -- rationally or not. Today's team: the Syracuse Orange .