Jordan Howard transfers to Indiana

Former Gardendale Rockets star Jordan Howard set single-game and full-season rushing yardage records at UAB, which has since shut down its football program. Howard, who was ranked seventh in rushing yards gained this season as a sophomore, will transfer to the University of Indiana.

Jordan Howard has a new place to run.

The former Gardendale High star running back, who turned heads in his sophomore season at UAB, is transferring to the University of Indiana.

The Hoosiers announced the signing on New Year's Day. Howard himself spread the word via online social media.

Howard's transfer comes in the wake of the shutdown of the Blazers football program by school president Ray Watts last month, just after Howard set school records for most rushing yards in a game and a season. He ran for 1,587 yards this year, seventh-best in the country, and was named to the all-Conference USA first team.

He gained 262 against against Southern Miss in what now appears to be the last game in UAB football history, unless ongoing efforts by Blazer fans result in an unlikely reversal of Watts' decision.

Howard was a two-year starter for the Rockets, gaining 2,876 yards in his junior and senior seasons.

Howard posted on Twitter: "A special thanks to UAB for even giving me a chance to live my dream, and I will never forget the love and support over the years. I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for all the support. I would also like to thank all of the schools who took the time out to recruit me. #UAB4Life #GoHoosiers."

Because of UAB's shutdown, Howard will be immediately eligible to play for Indiana, and they'll need him right away — the Hoosiers need to replace Tevin Coleman, the second-ranked rusher in the country.

Coleman, who finished his junior year, ran for 2,036 yards and was in the top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting. Coleman has declared himself eligible for the National Football League draft.

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