Sam Howell

  • Pos QB
  • Height 6-1.25
  • Weight 225

Prospect Info

  • High School Sun Valley
  • City Monroe, NC

Washington Commanders

  • Pos QB
  • Age 23

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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 10/19/2018

Charles Power


2-3 Round Day 2

Reminds Us Of

Baker Mayfield Carolina Panthers

Thick, stocky build carrying over 220 pounds on a 6-foot-1 frame. Sturdy base and converts power from his lower body into his passes. Has a plus arm with ability to drive the ball downfield with zip. Highly creative player who thrives making improvisational plays outside of structure with the skill to make difficult off-platform throws. Presents a run threat that compliments his downfield passing ability. Tough and plays with an edge. Not overly fast but has good instincts and feel to go with solid power as a runner. An all-state baseball player and all around talented athlete who also plays linebacker at times. Loose and risky playing style can lead to turnovers at times. Needs to keep improving on playing efficiently and honing his accuracy. Projects as a multi-year Power 5 starter with all-league and perhaps All-American potential.

H.S. Athletic Background

2020 – Sophomore Season
Started all 12 games at quarterback • Manning Award Finalist • Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist • Maxwell Award Semifinalist • Davey O’Brien Award Class of 2020 • All-ACC Second Team • ACC Quarterback of the Week (11/2, 11/16, 12/14) • O'Brien Award National QB of the Week (11/16) • Walter Camp National Offensive Player (11/16) • Manning Award "Star of the Week" (11/16) • All-ACC Academic Team selection • Led the ACC and ranked sixth nationally with 30 touchdown passes • His 68 total TD passes over his first two seasons are the most through a sophomore year in ACC history and are tied for the school record • Topped the ACC and was fourth nationally with 3,586 passing yards • His 295 passing yards against Syracuse was the most in a UNC season opener since T.J. Yates had 412 vs. LSU in 2010 • Named to the Davey O'Brien Award Great 8 list after posting a 78.2% completion percentage and tossed 3 TDs and 257 yards vs. Virginia Tech • Had 374 passing yards and 3 TDs at Florida State • His 91.6 grade according to Pro Football Focus against FSU was the top figure nationally among QBs that week • Had 443 passing yards and four TD passes at Virginia • Had three TD passes, one rushing TD and 235 passing yards at Duke • Named Davey O'Brien National QB of the Week, ACC QB of the Week and Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after his record-setting 550-passing yard, 7 total TDs and 6 passing TDs performance against Wake Forest • Completed 32 of 45 attempts (71.1 percent), rushed for 21 yards and accounted for 571 of the team's school-record 742 total yards against the Demon Deacons • Finished with 211 yards, one passing TD and one rushing TD against No. 2 Notre Dame • Completed a career high 87.0% (20 of 23) of his attempts and tossed two TDs in first-half work against Western Carolina • Became the second Tar Heel to ever score touchdowns by pass, rush and catch in the same game in the win over No. 9 Miami, the other was Marquise Williams vs. Notre Dame in 2014 • Had three TDs and 234 passing yards in the Orange Bowl against No. 5 Texas A&M.

2019 Freshman All-American
2019 ACC Offensive & Overall Rookie of the Year
2019 ACC All-Academic

2019 - True Freshman Season
Started all 13 games at quarterback • FWAA Freshman All-American • ACC Offensive & Overall Rookie of the Year • Third team All-ACC • Selected to ACC All-Academic Team • Named ACC QB of the Week three times and ACC Rookie of the Week on six occasions • Military Bowl MVP • Set the FBS true freshman record and UNC school record with 38 TD passes • His 38 TD passes are the third most in a season in ACC history and the second most by a freshman QB • Ranked fourth nationally and led ACC QBs in passing TDs • Ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally with 3,641 passing yards • Second in the ACC and 10th nationally with a 160.3 passing efficiency • Third in ACC in total offense (282.8 ypg) • Put together a streak of 13 consecutive games with multiple TD passes and had eight games with three or more TD passes • Became the first freshman to ever receive MVP honors at the Military Bowl • Was the week one ACC Freshman of the Week after leading UNC to a 24-20 comeback win over South Carolina in his collegiate debut in becoming the first true freshman to ever start a season opener for the Tar Heels • Went 15 of 24 for 245 yards and two critical TD passes in the fourth quarter that culminated a pair of 90+ yard drives • Named week two ACC QB and Rookie of the Week after notching a second-straight fourth-quarter comeback in a 28-25 win over Miami • Was 16 of 24 for 274 yards with two TD passes and no turnovers • Went 17 of 28 for 182 yards and two TDs at Wake Forest • Was 27 of 41 for 323 yards and three TD passes against App State • Had his first collegiate rushing touchdown against the Mountaineers • Was 15 of 27 for 144 yards and 2 TDs in 21-20 loss to Clemson • Set UNC freshman records for completions (33), attempts (51) and yards (376) and had four TD passes at Georgia Tech • Tied UNC record and set freshman record with 5 TD passes at Virginia Tech as part of a 26 of 49 for 348-yard performance • Was 10 of 26 for 227 yards and 2 TDs against Duke • Tossed four TDs and 353 yards (15 of 29) against Virginia • Threw for a season-high 401 yards and three TDs at NC State • Finished 25 of 34 for 294 yards, three passing TDs, one receiving TD and a season-high 53 yards rushing in the Military Bowl win over Temple.

Sun Valley High School
Consensus four-star prospect who is ranked the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina, the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 87 overall player nationally by the 247Sports Composite • Member of the ESPN300 • Ranked as the fourth-best QB at the Elite 11 Opening finals • Played in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, going 11-of-13 for 167 yards and a TD along with a rushing TD • Represented North Carolina at the 2018 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas • Finished his career by going 805-of-1,361 for 13,415 yards and 145 TDs, while rushing for 3,621 yards and 60 scores • Set the North Carolina record for total yards with 17,036 • Ranks second in state history in career passing yards • Named 2018 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior year • Tabbed North Carolina Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today, the AP, and the Charlotte Observer • Earned first-team all-state and All-Observer honors • Led Sun Valley to a 10-3 record and a spot in the second round of the North Carolina 3AA playoffs as a senior • Threw for 3,240 yards and 36 TDs, while rushing for 1,392 yards and 17 scores • Guided Sun Valley to an 11-4 record and a spot in the 3AA Regional Final as a junior • Went 225-of-382 for 3,372 yards and 36 TDs, while rushing for 1,594 yards and 24 TDs • Led Sun Valley to an 8-4 record and a berth in the state playoffs as a sophomore • Tallied 3,217 yards and 38 TDs on 199-of-322 passing and 444 yards and 12 TDs rushing • Added 3,586 yards and 35 TDs passing and 191 yards and seven TDs rushing as a freshman • Coached by Tad Baucom.


  • - Outside the pocket 9
  • - Pocket Presence 9
  • - Intangibles 8
  • - Delivery 8
  • - Mobility 8
  • - Accuracy 8
  • - Arm Strength 8
  • - Size 6
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