But the 20-year-old has not played at fly-half since junior level rugby making the selection of only two specialist fly halves in Jonny Sexton and Owen Farrell a strange one.
But Howley is convinced that Hogg, who was one of three Scots alongside Sean Maitland and Richie Gray to be selected, has what it takes to relieve some of the pressure from their shoulders when the going gets tough Down Under.
"James Hook was called up in 2009 as a utility player and we discussed Billy Twelvetrees, who was in the mix, but we have been so impressed with Stuart Hogg in terms of his playing 15 and 13 with Glasgow and we think he has that ability to play 10," he said.
"One thing about the Lions is you give players that opportunity and you just don't know. Stuart is a utility player who has a creative X-factor about him.
"You need the 10s to have game time. It is so important for a 10 to have time in combination with the scrum half as well
"If you have another 10 you are possibly taking time away from the two 10s who have been selected. That was a key discussion.
"It will mean them backing up (from Saturday to midweek games) and maybe Stuart Hogg will be stepping into that position."