UConn announces Howard tribute plans for Saturday

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

With Saturday's contest against Rutgers being the first home game for UConn since the Jasper Howard slaying, the Huskies are planning several tributes to their former teammate.

All fans who attend the game will receive a “6” card in honor of Howard’s jersey number. The first 15,000 fans who enter the gates will receive “Jazz Live 365” wristbands.

UConn students who attend the game will receive the same eye black that the Husky team is wearing -- one with a “6” and the other with a “JH.” All UConn students will also receive a “6” button.

Before the game, the UConn marching band will come onto the field all wearing No. 6 jerseys and will display the formation of a “6” in the word “UCONN” during its program.

Following the entrance of both teams on to the field for the game, there will be a moment of silence for Howard. The Connecticut players will once again wear a “JH” sticker on their helmets, while Rutgers will wear a “6”.

As fans enter Rentschler Field, they will be able to donate to both of the funds that have been set up in Howard's memory. The Jasper T. Howard Endowed Scholarship will be annually awarded to a UConn football student-athlete who plays cornerback and displays the leadership qualities Howard embodied. The Jasper Howard Fund will assist Jasper's family with expenses such as funeral costs, travel to attend the memorial service and support for his soon-to-be-born child.

Signs are normally prohibited at Rentschler Field, but officials are relaxing that restriction so fans can honor Howard in that way.