By Keith McGonigle.
It is a very exciting time to be a Clemson freshman, last Sunday was the start of freshman orientation. New Clemson running back DJ Howard says the nervousness has passed and he is excited to be at Clemson.
“It’s been nice here, I am getting used to the environment and I am getting comfortable being here. For orientation everyone gets together, everyone from the freshman class it’s pretty exciting,” said Howard.
DJ said he had a great summer.
“It went really well, I mainly worked – waking up early and doing construction, and when I wasn’t working I would work on drills and work-out,” said Howard.
The star running back believes that one of the main reasons that he is at Clemson now is because of the coaches honesty.
“The coaches honesty was very important, the coaches were very honest and loyal, they stood behind their word 100%. I liked how it was a safe environment and that my mom liked it too. I think it was a great decision,” said Howard.
Setting the bar higher than CJ Spiller did at Clemson will be extremely tough but DJ likes to set big goals.
“I try to set the highest standards, I want to accomplish what hasn’t been done, I want to able set the bar above CJ Spiller,” said Howard.
Even though there is a lot of depth at running back, the 6’0” 195 lbs. back hopes he can see the playing field.
“I would like a chance at getting some playing time, Clemson runs a 2 back system so hopefully I can get in the bigger back rotation with Jamie Harper and Demont Buice,” said Howard.
DJ says the Tigers football team has already meshed.
“We have our first team meeting tomorrow; I am real excited, I am not nervous, I am just ready now. The freshman football class is already one big family we just seemed to click together and with the upper classman. It makes the transition to college life a lot easier,” said Howard.