Defensive Lineman Reggie Howard will play his first season for the Pirates in 2021. Here’s a player described in an NFL free agent profile as “consistently the aggressor along the line of scrimmage, bench pressing lineman with ease and able to shed blocks with ease.”
He last played for the XFL’s Los Angeles Wildcats in spring of 2020 where he recorded 7 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery in 4 games. Although picked up by the Los Angeles Chargers as a free agent in April of 2019, Howard was released before the regular season got underway. He’s a welcome addition to a Pirates team poised to excel this season.
In 2018, as a senior at the University of Toledo, Howard played in 12 games. He recorded 50 tackles on the season, 15 of those for a loss, indicating he spent a lot of time in the opponent’s backfields. His 15 TFL’s placed him 4th in the Mid-American Conference. He also had four sacks on the season, good for second on the Rockets.
Howard played in all 14 games as a reserve lineman for the Rockets as a junior and recorded 18 tackles on the season, 5 of those for a loss. His season-high 3 tackles were accomplished against Elon, Tulsa, and Eastern Michigan.
Howard attended Fort Scott Junior College in ‘15 and ‘16. He was a bright spot for the Greyhounds recording 60 tackles and 7 sacks in 11 games. Howard majored in interdisciplinary studies at UT.