Howard University Football 2019 

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2019) – After months of preparation, the Howard University Football team, led by first-year head coach Ron Prince, opens its 2019 campaign on the road in College Park at Maryland. Kickoff is set for noon on the Big Ten Network (BTN).
Fans can follow all the action via live stats and BTN.
Additionally, fans will have the ability to listen to the game live with play-by-play from Trevin A. Jones. Tune in to the WHBC96.3HD3; SiriusXM Channel 142; or Resident Network Channel 51 for all Bison football coverage. Pregame coverage starts at 11:45 a.m.

SEASON PREVIEW

After a memorable season in 2017, the Howard University football team went through a rollercoaster ride during the 2018 campaign, posting a 4-6 overall mark, to fall just short of a winning season.

For the past two seasons, Howard ranked among the nation’s top offenses in FCS football. Last season, the Bison finished 15th overall in total offense (470.8 ypg).

Before the season, nine Bison were selected to the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Conference Team, led by reigning Player of the Year Caylin Newton(Atlanta), reigning Rookie of the Year Dedrick Parson (Philadelphia) and All-Conference First Team wideouts Kyle Anthony (Miramar, Fla.) and Jequez Ezzard (College, Pa.).

Newton headlined the team after being selected MEAC Preseason Player of the Year.

“Caylin [Newton] is a student of the game,” said Prince in Tuesday’s weekly teleconference. “His leadership has been outstanding and we’re expecting big things from him.”

A year ago; however, Howard struggled in the other two areas, defense and special teams.

MEAC Preseason selection senior Marcellos Allison (Durham, N.C.), alongside a talented and deep secondary, led by fellow preseason honorees Tye Freeland (Petersburg, Va.) and Aaron Walker (Washington), look to get the Bison on track.

“We’ve seen really good secondary play,” said Prince. “We’ve also seen some young talent emerge in the front. We have speed and athleticism and we’re hoping that it will payoff at the end.”

MATCHUP PREVIEW

Maryland head coach Michael Locksley is set to begin his first full season at the helm for the Terps. The winner of the 2018 Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, Locksley has spent the previous three years at Alabama, where he won the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

“I’ve known Coach [Mike] Locksley for years,” Prince stated. “He’s an outstanding football coach and excellent recruiter. We’re excited and looking forward to it.”

The Terps have won nine consecutive season-openers dating back to 2010, the fifth-longest streak among power-five schools in the country, trailing only Ohio State (19), Alabama (17), Utah (11) and Michigan State (10).

Redshirt sophomore Anthony McFarland Jr. became the first freshman in Maryland history to record four 100-yard rushing games last season, including back-to-back 200-yard games against Indiana (210) and Ohio State (298).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday (Sept. 7), Howard hits the road to Ohio where they will face Youngstown State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

(Story and Information Provided by Howard Athletic Department)

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