College Football Career

University of Michigan

Winner of the 1991 Heisman Trophy, Howard’s acrobatic catches made him one of the most electrifying players ever to play the college game. He became the first receiver in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring (138 points) as he set or tied 5 NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records. Add the 12 scores as a sophomore and two as a freshman, and Howard amassed an amazing 37 touchdowns in his UM career. The All-American won the Heisman by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy’s history. He was also awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award that year before graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications.

Heisman Trophy

The 5-foot 10-inch, 170-pound junior sensation from Cleveland was the second Heisman recipient from the University of Michigan. It was in the Notre Dame game that Howard showed a spellbound national television audience just why he is the heart and soul of the 1991 Maize and Blue. With Michigan desperate to end a string of four consecutive defeats at Notre Dame’s hands, an early Wolverine surge had run out of steam and the Irish were poised to take the lead. Then, quickly, Michigan moved into Notre Dame territory. On the crucial fourth-down-and-inches play that decided the outcome, Howard’s old high school classmate, Wolverine quarterback Elvis Grbac, launched a high, floating spiral that seemed too distant to be caught. But the mercurial Howard raced under it, leaped as far as he could, and cradled the ball in his outstretched hands for the touchdown that gave Michigan one of its most cherished victories. The play is already enshrined in Ann Arbor lore as “the catch.” In game after game, Howard has made dazzling receptions, run kickoffs back with reckless abandon and a wondrous facility for using his blockers to full open-field advantage, and carried the ball brilliantly on wide-sweeping reverses. Howard’s 1991 season was amazing by any standards catching 61 passes for 950 yards and 19 touchdowns (23 total TDs.) Points Place Name School Class Position Points 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Howard won all six sections in recording the third highest margin of victory in Heisman Trophy history. Howard became the fourth consecutive junior and the second Michigan player to win the Heisman, 51 years after Hall of Famer Tom Harmon won his. Ty Detmer, the Brigham Young quarterback who was the Heisman winner in 1990, managed only a third place finish. No. of registered electors: 917
 Date of announcement: December 14, 1991

College Football Hall of Fame

Howard, was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame on July 16, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. “I’m tremendously honored and humbled by this honor. “Football is the ultimate team sport, and everyonewho was involved in my career at Michigan, I bring them along with me into the Hall of Fame because I couldn’t accomplish anything I did at the University of Michigan by myself. I’m honored to represent Michigan in the 2010 class.” The 2010 class included former Wisconsin head football coach and athletic director, Barry Alvarez. Howard, is also a member of the the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan Hall of Honor and the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
Desmond enters his 15th year as a college football analyst having covered the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and National Championship games. He joined ESPN in 2005 as a member of the popular College GameDay crew, and works alongside Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Coach Corso each Saturday during college football season as part of the ESPN Gameday crew. His television broadcast experience began as a contributor to Fox Sports’ Best Damn Sports Show Period in 2003 and continued as a correspondent on ESPN 2’s Cold Pizza in 2004 during the show’s Super Bowl coverage. Howard was also a weekly contributor to Fox Sports Radio during the 2005-2006 NFL season. His in-game, color commentary experience began in 2008 as an analyst for the Detroit Lions during NFL preseason football and he’s also been seen occasionally in this role for mid-week college football games on ESPN. Desmond is heard weekly on WQAM 560AM in Miami, analyzing the most intriguing college football match-ups. His television honors include four Sports Emmys as a College GameDay cast member.