Very few people in college Football have a better name than Bug Howard. Very few people have a better game, either. The wide receiver has steadily improved over his North Carolina career, helped by the elevation of Mitch Trubisky as the team's starting quarterback. He played his final collegiate game on Friday in the Sun Bowl, playing a pivotal role in a near comeback for the Tar Heels that fell just short against the Stanford Cardinal, 25-23.

Sun Bowl performance

Howard stands tall at 6-4, 210 pounds and needed all of that muscle to try to propel North Carolina to victory in the Sun Bowl. It wasn't until the final drive of the game when he came alive.

With the Tar Heels trailing by eight, they needed their big receiver to come through, and early on the drive, Trubisky found him for a 44-yard gain. Then, disaster struck, as Howard was unable to haul in a big play on second down.

He had a chance to redeem himself, though. On third-and-goal, Trubisky again looked for Bug Howard, and was able to find him for the two-yard score. The euphoria wouldn't last, though, as North Carolina failed to convert on the two-point conversion and failed to recover the onside kick, handing the Sun Bowl victory to Stanford. Howard finished with five catches and 59 yards, including the touchdown.

Bug Howard, NFL prospect?

After the Sun Bowl, Howard was clearly emotional about his last game in a Tar Heel uniform, needing North Carolina teammate Ryan Switzer to comfort him.

While his time playing for North Carolina may have expired in the Sun Bowl, it's possible the football journey is just getting started for Howard. While he doesn't receive as much hype as some of his teammates, the honorable mention All-ACC receiver will have a chance to make an NFL roster in the spring.

He caught the game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Panthers earlier this year and had 48 catches for 768 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The strong and big receiver would likely go undrafted, but the senior will have a shot at the dream.

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