Howard picked up his first collegiate win with BYU in a victory over then-No. 20 Kansas State. He made 11 appearances for the Cougars, finishing the season with a 1-1 record. Prior to attending BYU, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native was an all-state, all-area, and all-conference baseball player at Fountain Fort Carson High School. As a high school senior, Howard posted a 6-1 record with a 1.47 ERA and was named the city 4A-5A pitcher of the year.