LaRod Stephens-Howling is a running back for the Arizona Cardinals. Stephens-Howling attended Pittsburgh, where he played for four seasons. He spent the end of his collegiate career as a backup to fellow 2009 draft pick LeSean McCoy. Stephens-Howling is 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.
College Career
Stephens-Howling was Pitt's leading rusher as both a freshman and a sophomore, rushing for 434 yards in 2005 and 893 yards in 2006. Despite rushing for 5.0 yards per rush in 2006, Stephens-Howling lost his starting role to LeSean McCoy in the 2007 season. Over his final two seasons at Pitt, his rushing attempts were nearly cut in half, and he combined for 632 yards between 2007 and 2008.
NFL Career
Stephens-Howling was drafted in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Before the 2009 season, Stephens-Howling signed a three-year/$1.219M contract with Arizona. He started alongside Tim Hightower in his NFL debut, but primarily served on special teams. In Week 12, Stephens-Howling returned a kickoff for a touchdown, becoming the first Cardinals rookie to do so since 1979.