Here are five things you need to know about Tytus Howard, the Texans 2019 first-round draft pick (23rd overall):
Full name: Tytus Howard
School: Alabama State
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6-5, 322
Hometown: Monroeville, Alabama
1. Howard played quarterback at Monroe County High School, rushing for 315 yards in a single game as a senior.
2. As an eighth grader, Howard played on the Varsity baseball team and faced current Texan A.J. McCarron who played for St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile.
3. The walk-on tight end got his opportunity at Alabama State thanks to his mother, Teresa.
“I considered a lot of schools," Howard said. "I was a quarterback and got overlooked in high school. I was a lot smaller than I am today. My mom actually reached out to the head coach at Alabama State about me coming on as a walk-on. I ended up walking on there. That coach actually left after that semester. A new coach came in. He gave me a chance to earn a scholarship. After the semester went by, he said he was impressed and offered me a scholarship. I transitioned to offensive tackle, and that’s how I am where I am today.”
4. Howard grew two inches and gained over 100 pounds after starting at Alabama State. His recipe to the weight gain? Chicken spaghetti and his mom’s baking.
5. When he started high school, Howard was just 5-8, 150 pounds. His nickname was “Weenie” because he was so skinny. Until he got to college anyway.
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Offensive lineman Tytus Howard turned a lot of heads in the early part of 2019 with his performance at the senior bowl and the combine. (via AP Images)