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#26 De'Arrius Howard
Position: TB
Other Position: TB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 236
Year: Senior
Hometown: West Memphis, Ark.
High School: West Memphis
Experience: 3 Letters
De'Arrius Howard
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations
Release: 09/01/2005
OUTLOOK: A consistent force in the Razorbacks’ offensive backfield for the past three seasons, he will attempt to parlay his extensive playing time as an underclassman into an All-SEC type campaign as a senior. He ranked second on the squad and 15th in the SEC last season in rushing yardage with 48.1 yards per game. Phil Steele’s College Football magazine selected him to its preseason All-SEC fourth team and named him the No. 60 running back in the nation. He underwent shoulder surgery in February and did not participate in contact drills or scrimmage work in the spring. Despite missing spring drills, he enters the preseason as a co-starter at tailback with Peyton Hillis. He participated in commencement exercises last spring and is currently finishing up a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching. He is one of seven current Razorbacks to participate in commencement exercises before the completion of his athletic eligibility.

2004: He ranked second on the squad with 529 yards on a team-high 124 carries. He was second only to quarterback Matt Jones in rushing yardage. His 48.1 yards-per-game average ranked him 15th among SEC players in rushing. He tied with Jones and Peyton Hillis for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns. He came off the bench and played in each of Arkansas' 11 games. He scored a rushing touchdown in six of the Hogs' 11 games. He tallied two 100-yard rushing games in 2004 breaking the century mark against ULM and Mississippi State. He tallied a career high 125 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries in a road win at Mississippi State. -- He rushed six times for 29 yards and a touchdown (six yards) in the season opener against New Mexico State. He racked up 19 yards on eight carries against No. 7 Texas. He recorded the second 100+ rushing game of his career with 109 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries against ULM. With that total he eclipsed the 1,000 yard career rushing plateau. His touchdown run came on an 11-yard run in the second quarter against the Indians. He led the team with 64 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the Razorbacks' 27-10 win over Alabama. His five-yard touchdown run came in the fourth quarter to ice the victory over the Crimson Tide. He rushed eight times for 23 yards and a touchdown in a road loss at No. 16 Florida. He scored his 17th career rushing touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter against the Gators. He carried the ball four times for 11 yards in a 38-20 loss to No. 4 Auburn. He saw limited action in the Hogs' 20-14 loss to No. 6 Georgia. He did earn a rushing attempt in a game for the first time all season. He had tallied at least four rushing attempts in the Hogs' first six games. He carried the ball 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in a road loss at South Carolina. His seven-yard scoring run came in the fourth quarter to give the Razorbacks the lead. It was the third-best rushing performance of his career. He rushed nine times for 52 yards against Ole Miss before leaving the game with a mild concussion. He recorded a long run of 15 yards in the Hogs' 35-3 win over the Rebels. He earned new career highs with 125 yards on 29 carries in the Razorbacks' 24-21 win at Mississippi State. He scored on a two-yard touchdown run against the Bulldogs. Ten of his 29 rushing attempts went for five or more yards while two (18, 32) gained 10 or more yards. His 32-yard run came with under a minute to play on a third and 11 play. He was downed at the one-yard line just short of a second score. The top two rushing games of his career have come against Mississippi State in Starkville. He rushed five times for six yards in the Hogs' season finale against LSU.

2003: A preseason Doak Walker Award candidate (nation's top running back), he spent a majority of the campaign as a reserve at tailback behind 1,000-yard rusher Cedric Cobbs. He racked up 267 yards and six touchdowns on 95 carries. He ranked fourth on the squad in rushing yardage. He upped his career rushing touchdown total to 13 with six in 2003. He scored at least one touchdown in each of the Hogs' first three games, but found the end zone only once in his final seven contests. He did not play against Ole Miss and Kentucky while recovering from a sprained left ankle. He returned to action against South Carolina. He rushed 15 times for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the season opener vs. Tulsa. It was the third time he has scored two rushing TD in a game (2002 Tennessee, 2002 Ole Miss) and the sixth time in his career he has rushed for 60+ yards. He found the end zone twice and rushed for 35 yards on 20 carries in a 38-28 win over No. 5 Texas at Austin. He became the first Razorback to record back-to-back games with two touchdown runs since Oscar Malone in 1993-94. Malone scored two rushing TD in the final game of the 1993 season and the 1994 season opener. He scored on a one-yard run against North Texas to extend his touchdown streak to three games. He carried the ball 14 times for 48 yards in a 34-31 victory over Alabama. He posted 50 yards on nine carries in Arkansas' 10-3 loss to Auburn. He earned a 28-yard carry against the Tigers. He gained nine yards on five carries before leaving the Florida game with a sprained right ankle in the third quarter. He did not play against Ole Miss due to the injury. He was available, but did not play while still recovering from a sprained ankle at Kentucky. He carried the ball five times for 25 yards against South Carolina. He broke off a long run of 15 yards against the Gamecocks. He earned 20 yards on nine carries in the Hogs' 48-20 win over New Mexico State. He rushed six times for two yards, but did score a touchdown in the Razorbacks' 52-6 victory over Mississippi State. His one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his first scoring run since the North Texas game. He did not play in Arkansas' road loss to No. 3 LSU. He garnered two carries and gained two yards in the Hogs' 27-14 win over Missouri in the Independence Bowl.

2002: As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in all 14 of the Razorbacks’ games as a tailback. He finished third on the squad with 595 yards and seven touchdowns on 131 carries. His seven scoring runs led the team and were the most by a UA freshman since James Rouse earned a then-school record nine touchdowns in 1985. For his efforts, he was named to both The Sporting News and the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-SEC Freshmen teams. He was also tabbed as the SEC Newcomer of the Year by ESPN.com. He made only one catch (-1) on the season. His 595 rushing yards helped Arkansas lead the SEC and rank 12th in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 218.9 rushing yards per game. He opened his career with 34 yards on eight carries against Boise State. After earning one-yard in his first collegiate attempt, he rambled for a 22-yard gain. In the second game of the season, he led all rushers with 66 yards on 11 attempts. He scored on a two-yard run vs. South Florida. He posted 13 yards on three totes against Alabama. In the first breakout game of his career, he rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a six-overtime thriller at Tennessee. He came on in the fourth quarter after Cedric Cobbs was sidelined with a toe injury. He ran 13 times for 35 yards in the overtime periods. He scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to seven points. His other touchdown came on a one-yard run in the fifth overtime session. He garnered 33 yards on seven carries with one touchdown in a road win at Auburn. He earned only 13 yards on nine carries, but scored a touchdown against Kentucky. He racked up 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 48-28 win over Ole Miss. His 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Rebels was his longest run of the season. He tallied 69 yards on 10 carries at South Carolina including a 35-yard scamper. He posted a season-high 121 yards on 25 carries at Mississippi State. He earned 40 rushing yards on 13 attempts against LSU. He ran for 14 yards on three carries against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. He carried the ball twice against Minnesota in the Music City Bowl for a total of seven yards.

2001: He utilized his redshirt year to gain strength in the weight room.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He rushed for 2,746 yards and 29 touchdowns on 345 carries as a senior and earned 2,215 yards and 26 touchdowns on 239 rushing attempts as a junior. He was rated the nation’s No. 13 running back by Rivals100.com and No. 77 recruit overall. The USAToday.com All-American was named the No. 2 “big back” in the nation by Max Emfinger and was named an All-American and the No. 5 running back in the nation by SuperPrep. Posted a 40 time of 4.4 seconds. PrepStar rated him No. 18 among nation’s running backs. He was rated the No. 19 overall recruit by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report. He was the recipient of the Landers Arkansas Player of the Year award as a senior and named Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Player of the Year as a senior. His college choice came down to Arkansas and Tennessee.

PERSONAL: Born June 7, 1983, he is the son of Ronald and Janice Howard. He is enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professionals and is majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching. He participated in commencement exercises in the spring of 2005.

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