The Malcolm Howard story is one that some fans may not know much about, but it is remarkable nonetheless. The linebacker has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers, which is just the first step for him in returning to the gridiron in 2024.
Malcolm Howard had his 2023 season in the USFL cut short, due to a traumatic injury. He tore his achilles midway through the year, during practice, which put him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.
Despite this, Howard remained with the team. He was a voice of support for his teammates on the sidelines, sticking with the group through the injury.
When it comes to his performances in the USFL, Malcolm Howard has been improving with each and every year. During the inaugural season, he didn’t see much playing time, posting eight total tackles on the year. He even scored a wild touchdown on a fake field goal in week nine.
ICYMI: Former UCO Broncho LB Malcolm Howard scored on a SICK fake FG by the Pittsburgh Maulers in the USFL last night. @USFLMaulers
In 2023, Malcolm was a key piece to the Pittsburgh Maulers elite defense. He started in all six games played, posting 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks. Howard was a reliable defender for assistant coach of the year Jarren Horton all year long, so it’s no surprise to see him back on the team.
Injury Update: @USFLMaulers DE/LB Malcolm Howard is done for the season with a torn Achilles, per source.
Malcolm Howard played his collegiate ball at Central Oklahoma, where he compiled 212 tackles and 1.5 sacks over a few seasons.
Now, he’s set to continue his professional playing career with the Pittsburgh Maulers in 2024. The road to recovery is still in full effect, but this is an excellent step in the right direction for Howard.
GM Dennis Polian and the Maulers have been busy in USFL free agency, signing several free agents including:
RB Trey Williams RB Rodney Smith WR Diondre Overton OL Brodarious Hamm C Sean Brown LB Dorian O’Daniel
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