- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
It was a long drive from Prattville, Ala., to Dallas, but for University of Alabama tight end commitment O.J. Howard, it was worth it to watch the Crimson Tide dominate Michigan in Cowboys Stadium.
“It was great,” Howard said. “It was fun, and I really enjoyed the whole game. The stadium was one of the nicest stadiums I’ve ever seen. The game was really what I expected. I expected us to win by a lot. We played a really good game, and I enjoyed the whole environment in Texas.”
During the game, Howard liked what he saw from new UA offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Alabama had a good mix of run and pass, and the tight ends were used to both block and catch the football.
The Tide scored their first touchdown on a short pass to tight end Michael Williams, and before the play ever developed, Howard knew where the ball was going.
“I actually called that touchdown right before it happened,” he said. “I knew it was coming. I could tell what play it was, and I know that play by heart. He threw it to him, and I was ready for it. I kind of knew the offense a little bit from going to practices and stuff.”
At the game, Howard got a chance to see and catch up with fellow UA commitment Maurice Smith, a four-star cornerback back from Sugar Land, Texas. The crowd in general was a welcome sight for the two Tide commitments because of all the Alabama fans who made the trip.
“It was really like a home game for us,” Howard said. “There was a lot of Bama fans there. Michigan had pretty good fans, but overall, I think Alabama fans were screaming the most, things like that, because we had the lead the whole game. It was pretty awesome.”
Howard plans to visit Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Tide’s true home opener against Western Kentucky.
The ESPN 150 tight end says he’s still receiving phone calls from Auburn since the open contact began this month.
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