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Gregory "Buddy" Howell, Jr.


Coconut Grove, Fla.

High School:
Coral Gables Senior High

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 215



Business Management-Accounting minor



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USATSI Gallery - Florida Atlantic vs No. 25 Miami (Fla.)

USATSI Gallery - Florida Atlantic vs No. 25 Miami (Fla.)


USATSI Gallery - SIU vs Florida Atlantic

USATSI Gallery - SIU vs Florida Atlantic

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Senior (2017)

  • Carried the ball one time in the first game of his senior season versus Navy. Had eight yards on the carry
  • Had three carries, all for positive yards, for a total of 23 yards at Wisconsin
  • Posted a career game versus Bethune-Cookman with 13 carries for 175 yards and a score. Longest run was a 60 yarder. Averaged 13.5 yards per carry for an FAU record
  • Used his size to have a productive game versus MT with 88 yards on 18 carries
  • Had 109 yards at ODU as part of a record setting 453 yards. Used the game to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards and scored once
  • Part of an offense that tallied 804 yards versus North Texas, including his 70 yards on 13 carries and he scored one of the team's nine TDs
  • Saw limited time with precaution at WKU with eight carries for 53 yards
  • Added four carries for six yards versus Marshall
  • Versus La Tech he recorded six carries for 50 yards and saw special teams action to help the Owls to their six-consecutive win
  • Had five carries for 45 yards and a score in the 2017 Shula Bowl victory
  • Recorded 11 carries for a total of 63 yards versus Charlotte
  • Wrapped up the season with 50 yards on nine carries

Junior (2016)

  • Started the season opener
  • Tallied 128 yards on 16 carries and two rushing touchdowns in the season opener versus Southern Illinois
  • Set a new career-long rushing mark in the SIU game with a 48-yard scamper
  • Tallied 19 carries for 75 yards and one TD, a 38-yarder at Miami
  • Added a four-yard catch at UM
  • Recorded 13 carries at Kansas State for a total 34 yards
  • Scored his fourth TD and at least one in each of the first three games
  • Led the team with 18 carries and a total of 67 yards, averaged 3.7 yards a carry versus Ball State and tallied 23 receiving yards on two catches
  • Named the 2016 FAU Shula Bowl MVP after tallying 101 yards on 12 carries for an average of 8.4 yards per carry. Recorded a 68-yard TD run on the second play of the game.
  • Carried the ball 20 times, with no negative yards, to tally 100 yards versus Charlotte also scored three times, each from three yards out
  • Used 20 carries to tally 109 yards and one score, a one-yard run, versus Marshall
  • Tallied nine carries versus WKU for a total of 29 yards
  • Recorded 12 carries for a total of 69 yards and one score at Rice
  • Carried the ball nine times for 11 yards and a score versus UTEP
  • Scored the first drive of the ODU game to become the program's all-time single season rushing TD leader with 12 and one game to go
  • Tallied 11 carries for 51 yards and a score at MT and added a 10-yard reception
  • Team's Co-Iron Man of the Year honoree 

Sophomore (2015)

  • Led the Owls in the season opener versus Tulsa with 138 yards on 22 carries...found the end zone twice
  • Carried the ball 13 times versus Miami and tallied 78 yards...also credited with four receptions for a total of 35 yards
  • Led the team with 14 carries for a total of 75 yards versus Buffalo...had tallied 57 of the 75 by halftime
  • Carried the ball 21 times in the Charlotte victory....tallied 63 yards with a long of nine yards...also added a 19-yard reception
  • Drew the start versus Rice...led the team with 14 carries for 63 yards
  • Recorded four carries in the Marshall game for a total of nine yards...carried the ball four times at UTEP and tallied eight yards, including a three-yard TD run
  • One of seven players to carry the ball versus FIU....tallied 13 carries for 59 yards, including a long of 20 yards and averaged 4.5 per carry
  • One of seven ball carriers at WKU...had five carries for 21 yards...tallied eight carries and recorded 18 yards
  • Drew the start at Florida...averaged 5.0 yards per carry with a total of 12 carries and 60 yards
  • Part of team rushing attack that included 54 carries for 248 yards at ODU...Howell accounted for three carries and six yards

True Freshman (2014)

  • Selected and worked as part of the developmental unit
  • Growth prompted the coaches to move him from developmental to the two-deep midway through the season
  • First collegiate game he recorded 118 yards without a negative yard and scored a TD in FAU's 45-38 victory over WKU
  • Nearly broke the 100+ yard plateau a second time with 92 on 22 carries at No. 23 Marshall...longest run of the day for Howell versus the Herd was 12 yards
  • Tallied seven carries and 43 yards versus UAB...longest was a 22-yard run that ended with him going down with an injury

High School

  • Played for Roger Pollard at Coral Gables Senior High School where he tallied 232 carries for 1,567 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 13 scores
  • Named 8A third team all-state and first team all-Dade
  • Participated in the Dade/Broward All-Star Game
  • Two-sport athlete (football and track and field) and listed as a Coral Gables Senior High School Senior of Distinction


  • Business management major with a minor in accounting major
  • Son of Merdie Lane and Gregory Howell
  • Born March 27, 1996 in Miami, Fla
  • Lists Thomas Lane as a relative who played for FAMU and the Minnesota Vikings


WKU (R: 21-118, 1 TD), at Marshall (R: 22-92), UAB (R: 7-43)
at Tulsa (R: 22-138 yards, 2 TDs), Miami (R: 13-78 yards); Charlotte (R: 21-62, Rec: 1-19) Rice (R: 14-63); Marshall (R: 4-9); UTEP (R: 4-8, 1 TD); FIU (R: 13-59); WKU (R: 5-21); MT (R: 8-18); UF (R: 12-60)
2016: SIU (R: 16-128 yards, 2 TD); UM (R: 19-75, 1 TD, Rec: 1-4); K-State (R: 13-34 yards, 1 TD); (R: 18-67, Rec: 2-23); FIU (R: 12-101 yards, 1 TD, Rec: 1-5 yards); Charlotte (R:20-100, 3 TDs); Marshall (R: 20-109 yards, 1 TD); WKU (R: 9-29 yards); Rice (R: 12-69 yards, 1 TD); UTEP (R: 4-11 yards, 1 TD); ODU (R: 13-54, 1 TD); MT (R: 11-51 yards, 1 TD, Rec: 1-10)
2017: Navy (R: 1-8), Wisconsin (R: 3-23), Bethune (R: 13-175); MT (R: 18-88); ODU (21-109, 1 TD); North Texas (R: 13-70, 1 TD); WKU (R: 8-53); Marshall (R: 4-6); La Tech (R: 6-50, 1 TD); FIU (R: 5-45, 1 TD); Charlotte (R: 11-63)

Career Game Highs
Carries: 22 at Marshall (10/25/14), 22 at Tulsa (9/5/15)
Yards: 175 (9/16/17)
Touchdowns: 3 Charlotte (10/9/16)
Longest Carry: 68 FIU (10/1/16)
Receptions: 4 Miami (9/11/15)
Receiving Yards: 35 (9/11/15)

2014 Single Game Highs
Carries: 22 at Marshall (10/25/14)
Yards: 118 yards at WKU
Touchdowns: 1 2x
Longest Carry: 22 UAB (11/1/14)

2015 Single Game Highs
Carries: 22 at Tulsa (9/5/15)
Yards: 138 Tulsa (9/5/15)
Touchdowns: 2 Tulsa (9/5/15)
Longest Carry: 30 Tulsa (9/5/15)
Receptions: 4 Miami (9/11/15)
Receiving Yards: 35 Miami (9/11/15)

2016 Single Game Highs
Carries: 20 Charlotte (10/9/16), Marshall (10/15/16)
Yards: 128 SIU (9/3/16)
Touchdowns: 3 Charlotte (10/3/16)
Longest Carry: 68 FIU (10/1/16)
Receptions:  2 Ball State (9/24/16)
Receiving Yards: 23 Ball State (9/24/16)

2017 Single Game Highs
Carries: 21 ODU (10/8/17)
Yards: 175 Bethune (9/16/17)
Touchdowns: 1 4X
Longest Carry: 60 Bethune (9/16/17)
Receiving Yards:

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