PITTSBURGH — LaRod Stephens-Howling proved that you can go home again.
A Greater Johnstown High School and University of Pittsburgh grad, Stephens-Howling was signed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday. A diminutive, but speedy running back, Stephens-Howling spent his initial four NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He was an unrestricted free agent.
Stephens-Howling was selected by the Cardinals in the seventh round (240th overall) during the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played in 57 career games, two post-season contests and has made 10 starts. Stephens-Howling has three career kickoff returns for touchdowns.
A 2009 Pitt grad, Stephens-Howling had 182 career carries with the Cardinals and ran for 651 yards (3.6 average) with five touchdowns. He also had 56 catches for 534 yards (9.5) and three more scores. The 2012 season was the best for the diminutive speedster. He played 14 games with five starts and tallied 356 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 110 carries, as well as 17 receptions for 106 yards.
At Pitt, Stephens-Howling played 44 games with 16 starts from 2005-08 and ran the ball 429 times for 1,959 yards (4.6) and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 454 yards (8.7) and one score and returned a kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown. On 34 kick returns, Stephens-Howling averaged 22.8 yards per runback.
His best season at Pitt was as a sophomore, as Stephens-Howling started all 11 games he played and ran for 893 yards (5.0 average) and nine scores. He also caught 19 passes for a 12.2-yard average and his only receiving touchdown.
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