Injured 5-star LSU QB commit Walker Howard plans to play again this season, dad says
Five-star quarterback Walker Howard plans on returning to St. Thomas More's lineup this season after the LSU commit fractured his left fibula, his dad Jamie said Wednesday.
STM athletic director Kim Broussard told The Daily Advertiser on Saturday that the initial timeline for Howard's injury is four to six weeks. Cougars coach Jim Hightower confirmed that sophomore quarterbacks Will Taylor and Sam Altman will split time as the starter during Howard's absence.
Jamie Howard said his son was not available for comment Wednesday. He also revealed that his son fractured his right ankle in the first quarter of Friday's 51-27 loss to Ruston but said it was not a serious injury.
"I think he has every intention of trying to return and play this season," Jamie Howard said. "Everyone's asking and I kind of understand why everyone is asking. But you know, when you're part of a team at any level, middle school, high school, college, pro, whatever, in the business world (even), if you're able to contribute, you should do it.
"I think that's something society is down on a little bit, they're always trying to protect for future stuff as opposed to living now and being a part of something you've already made a commitment to."
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The leg injury occurred during the third quarter. Walker Howard was running to the near sideline deep in Ruston's territory and was tackled out of bounds at around the 5-yard line.
"Normally when Walker gets hit, he bounces up really fast," his dad said. "The only thing I noticed was that he was lying face down and didn't move. So I just started walking down toward the sideline."
Jamie Howard feels fortunate that his son's injury wasn't worse. Walker Howard won't need surgery and the fracture to his fibula was clean.
"It wasn't an ankle or a knee, you know, bones heal," his dad said.
Since the injury, Howard has received messages of support from LSU coach Ed Orgeron and other members of the Tigers' staff.
Numerous high school football coaches and players in the Acadiana, including Acadiana coach Matt McCullough and Lafayette Christian coach Trev Faulk, have also wished him well.
"I can't even begin to tell you how incredible this support from the community is," Jamie Howard said. "It really makes you proud to want to be a part of the whole high school football community in this area."