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Understand College Football | an Overview of College Football

An overview of college football

The 1991 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second season under head coach Bill Curry, the Wildcats compiled a 38 record (07 against SEC opponents), finished in last place in the SEC, and were outscored by their opponents, 268 to 190. The team played its home games in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.

The team's statistical leaders included Pookie Jones with 954 passing yards, Terry Samuels with 307 rushing yards, and Neal Clark with 647 receiving yards.

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Offensive selections of college football

ReceiversSammy Milner, Miss. St. (AP-1, UPI)

Carlos Alvarez, Florida (AP-1, UPI)

Floyd Franks, Ole Miss (AP-2)

Terry Beasley, Auburn (AP-2)Tight endsKen Delong, Tennessee (UPI)TacklesBob Asher, Vanderbilt (AP-1, UPI)

Mac Steen, Florida (AP-2, UPI)

Danny Ford, Alabama (AP-1)

Richard Cheek, Auburn (AP-2)GuardsAl Samples, Alabama (AP-1, UPI)

Chip Kell, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1, UPI)

Donnie Williams, Florida (AP-2)

Skip Jernigan, Ole Miss (AP-2)CentersTom Banks, Auburn (AP-1)

Godfrey Zaunbrecher, LSU (UPI)

Mike Bevans, Tennessee (AP-2)QuarterbacksArchie Manning, Ole Miss (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1, UPI)Commercial Appeal All South

John Reaves, Florida (AP-1)

Pat Sullivan, Auburn (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2)Running backsCurt Watson, Tennessee (AP-1, UPI)

Eddie Ray, LSU (AP-1)

Tommy Durrance, Florida (UPI)

Johnny Musso, Alabama (AP-2)

Connie Frederick, Auburn (AP-2)

Professional career of college football

Although Howard didn't play football at Austin Peay University, the Dallas Cowboys saw a tremendous athlete and signed him to an undrafted free agent contract in 1975. He became one of only a handful of college athletes to reach the NFL without playing any college football.

In the first preseason game, while returning a kick against the Los Angeles Rams, his cheekbone was fractured when one of his teammates knocked a defender into his path just as he was speeding toward a hole. The injury delayed his development several weeks, but he still made the team as a wide receiver and kickoff returner. Howard was the third receiver on the Cowboys during the 1975 season. Unfortunately for him, the top two receivers Drew Pearson and Golden Richards played virtually every offensive snap, and the Cowboys did not use formations with three receivers. He played primarily on special teams during the regular season, and his only statistical contributions were a pair of kickoff returns for 51 total yards.

That season the team reached Super Bowl X, which ended up being something of a homecoming for Howard, because the Cowboys were encamped in Fort Lauderdale. In fact, when the Dallas charter landed at the airport, the Dillard High School marching band was there to greet him.

Late in Super Bowl X, Howard got a rare opportunity to play on offense, when Richards broke a rib. With the Pittsburgh Steelers leading by 11 points with less than two minutes to go, Howard caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach over Mel Blount, cutting the deficit to four points. A late turnover by the Steelers gave the Cowboys a shot to win the game at the end, and Howard was again involved on a last-second Hail Mary pass by Staubach, but he had three Steelers on him and when he leaped to make the catch, the ball was tipped away. His Super Bowl touchdown made him the second rookie ever to score a Super Bowl touchdown after Duane Thomas in Super Bowl V.

The following year big things were expected from Howard, but in a 1976 preseason game against the Denver Broncos, he severely injured his right knee while running a reverse. He spent the rest of the season rehabilitating the knee, only to be injured again during a veteran's orientation session in the 1977 training camp, causing him to miss the entire season. For Super Bowl XII he served the Cowboys in a scouting role since he was still trying to recover from his injury. He was released by Dallas before the 1978 season and claimed by the Green Bay Packers, but failed his physical with the Packers as his knee had never fully recovered.

The 34 yard touchdown catch in Super Bowl X, turned out to be Howard's only career reception and his last game in the NFL. Still, he would become part of the Cowboys lore and was named #6 on NFL Top 10's Top Ten One-Shot Wonders.

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