After starring at nearby Santa Fe High School in Alachua, FL, DL Powell decided to take his talents somewhere familiar: The University of Florida. Powell has gone through a transformation at Florida, going from a dual-threat quarterback to a wide receiver in Kurt Roper’s offense. His size, speed, and athleticism could help him see the field soon.
Powell is one of those track stars whose talents translated well to the football field. He competed in the triple jump for the Raiders and saw great success. He currently holds Santa Fe’s record for the triple jump with 45.9′. He placed in the top 10 for the FHSAA Class 2A State Championships, earning a fourth place finish in 2011 and eighth in 2013 in the triple jump. Powell also proved his mettle on the gridiron as a dual-threat quarterback. He lettered for four years in football at Santa Fe, but missed his junior season with an ACL tear. Nonetheless, Powell earned the Raiders’ 2009 Offensive Player of the Year honor and had a game where he set single game highs of 275 rushing yards and 125 passing yards in 2011. The 6-1, 183 pounder was primed for a breakout senior season when he was named to the Orlando Sentinel’s 2013 North Florida Super60. His frame, athleticism, and 4.40 40 time made his conversion from quarterback to athlete seamless.
Not only did Powell represent the Raiders well on the football field, he also excelled in the classroom. He was a Member of National Society of High School Scholars and had a 3.6 GPA coming out of high school. Powell’s success in the classroom and agility on the football field have helped him earn a roster spot. Even though he’s got a talented wide receiving corps ahead of him as he learns the position, he possesses the skills necessary to play on Saturday, should those in front of him falter. The redshirt freshman’s wearing number 32 for the Orange and Blue which means we’re nearing the final third of our countdown.