Last week, Alabama safety Eddie Jackson also announced his decision to return to help the Tide defend their title in 2016.
A strong hint of Howard's intentions for 2016 were revealed when he was not present for Alabama's formal press conference on Friday to announce that Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry and defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson would forgo their senior seasons to apply for early entry into the 2016 NFL Draft.
Howard was an underutilized passing-game threat during the regular season, but had a breakthrough performance in the national title game win over Clemson. Howard caught five passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Howard entered the game without a single touchdown catch, and a season-high of 70 yards receiving in Alabama's 43-37 loss to Ole Miss.