North Texas Mean Green v Southern Miss

DENTON, TX: 19 North Texas Mean Green Football v Southern Mississippi at Apogee Stadium in Denton Tx on November 19, 2016 in Denton Texas (Photo by Rick Yeatts Photography/ Manny Flores)

Former Laurel star quarterback Keon Howard is moving about 150 miles southwest.

The QB, who played the last two seasons at Southern Miss before leaving the school earlier this year, announced on social media that he was transferring to the Green Wave, a member of the American Athletic Conference.

“It’s with great excitement that I announce the next chapter of my story will be narrated from the beautiful city of New Orleans, where I have officially committed to Tulane University,” Howard wrote on Facebook. “I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and all who have supported me throughout this process. #RollWaveRoll.”

Howard will be ineligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior next season.

In two seasons at Southern Miss — he was last year’s opening-game starter — Howard completed 118 of 220 passes for 1,564 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Kwadra Griggs, who replaced Howard last year and started the majority of the time, is expected to lead the Golden Eagles this year and both are in the same class academically.

Tulane has two quarterbacks backing up senior Jonathan Banks, but neither has taken a college snap.

Howard led Laurel High to the 2014 Class 5A state championship against Oxford High School.

In an odd twist, the Oxford quarterback in that game, Jack Abraham, originally signed with Tulane before opting for junior college. He is now on the quarterback depth chart at Southern Miss.

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