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Carlton Powell, DT

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 292 | College: Virginia Tech
 
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Overview

A number of Virginia Tech outside linebackers and defensive ends have had success over the years. Oftentimes, the tireless work of the defensive tackles who constantly took on multiple blockers in order to free up their teammates to make the big plays have been overshadowed.

Because of the constant multiple coverage that they face, the Hokies' defensive tackles do not have eye-opening statistics, but head coach Frank Beamer has noted the need for his defensive tackles to dominate vs. the inside running game.

While Tech has produced quality run-stuffing tackles in recent seasons, none has shown the ability to simply shut down the opposition's ground game the way Carlton Powell, Jr. can.

How dominant has Powell been? In 73 plays that he made vs. the run, he held the opponent to minus-21 yards rushing. Since Powell was inserted into the starting lineup, Tech has led the nation in total defense the last two years (2005-06) and led the Division 1-A ranks in scoring defense in 2006, after placing second the previous two seasons.

A prep inside linebacker during his first three years at Great Bridge High School, Powell shifted to defensive tackle as a senior while also competing on the offensive line. The All-Atlantic Region choice by Prep Star battled injuries during his final campaign, but still managed to registered 60 tackles, five sacks, five fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. As a junior, he totaled 80 tackles with seven sacks and 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Powell added honorable mention All-Eastern Region accolades and received a three-star prospect rating from Rivals.com. He was rated the 24th-best player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and the state's 15th-ranked prospect by Super Prep. He was also a member of Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-Mid Atlantic team. He was a standout weight performer on the school's track team, finishing seventh in the Group AAA outdoor shot put competition as a senior.

Powell enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2003, turning down scholarship offers from Maryland, East Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. He spent his first season at Tech competing on the scout team. In 2004, he appeared in 13 games as part of the team's defensive tackle rotation. He registered 17 tackles (seven solo) with 7 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage, six quarterback pressures and a pass deflection. In 19 plays vs. the run, he held the opponent to minus-17 yards rushing.

As a sophomore, Powell started five of 12 games at defensive tackle, missing the Duke game after spraining his ankle vs. North Carolina State in the season opener. He made 13 tackles (three solo) with an assisted sack and 1 1/2 stops for losses. But, those statistics don't tell the story. Twelve of those tackles came vs. the run, as he held the opposition to minus-7 yards on those plays.

In 2006, Powell was firmly entrenched as the starter at left defensive tackle. He recorded a career-high 38 tackles (16 solo) with 2 1/2 sacks, 6 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven pressures. He also recovered a fumble and deflected a pass. With increased playing time, he also improved his dominance vs. the ground game. In 39 running plays directed at him, Powell held firmly, as the opponent was held to minus-2 yards rushing.

The defensive tackle started 12 of the team's 13 games in 2007. He posted 36 tackles (nine solo) with 2 1/2 sacks, six stops for losses and 15 quarterback pressures. He also forced a fumble.

In 51 games at Virginia Tech, Powell started 31 contests. He recorded 104 tackles (35 solo) with 5 1/2 sacks for minus 40 yards, 21 1/2 stops for losses of 75 yards and 30 quarterback pressures. He recovered two fumbles, caused three others and deflected a pair of passes. In 106 running plays directed at him, Powell's tackles resulted in the opposition in being held to minus-13 yards on the ground.

Analysis

Positives: Has a large frame with thick thighs and calves … Possesses solid muscle tone in his lower body, with wide hips, broad shoulders and good muscle tone in his arms … Has room on his frame to add another 15 pounds of bulk without having it affect his balance or quickness … Has a strong lower body, with very good hip width … Shows good straight-line speed and explosion off the snap and does a solid job of keeping his hands inside his frame to lock on and control the blockers … Displays the lower-leg drive to split double teams and the short-area burst to close on the pocket … When he hits the gaps with his pad level down and is very good at slipping off blocks to plug the rush lanes … When he stays low in his pads, he consistently gains leverage (4.35 20-yard shuttle), as he has the flexibility and change-of-direction agility to generate good acceleration in his short-area burst … Can wear down the blockers with his leg drive and combative nature, as he shoots the gaps with good explosion and is the type that plays until the whistle, combining strength and explosive hand punch … Can gain an advantage and shows suddenness getting to the gaps due to his savvy play and anticipation skills (see 2007 Ohio University, Clemson, Boston College and 2006 North Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Virginia games) … Disruptive force in the gaps, excelling at pushing the lead blocker back to clog the rushing lanes (held opponents to minus-13 yards rushing on 106 running plays) … Strong inside run stuffer who can make plays up and down the line due to his lateral movement … Knows how to get underneath to get a piece of the blocker's pads and is very effective stacking and controling in one-on-one situations … Won't stay blocked for long when he keeps his hands active and inside his frame … Has a very strong hand punch to shock and jolt and showed vast improvement keeping his hands inside his frame in 2006 … Relies more on his strength than hand placement to defeat a block, but when he is able to generate quick hand technique, he has an effective arm crossover move as a bull rusher to push the pocket … Has a good feel for playing off blocks and reacts well to block pressure … Has that explosive short-area burst to clog the rush lanes, and when he keeps his hands active, he can grab, turn, push and control the offensive linemen … When he stays low in his pads and extends his arms, he is very effective … Has the quickness to take good angles, slant and make plays down the line … Strong inside run defender who might not show the lateral range to make plays in long pursuit, but is very efficient when asked to clog the lanes between the tackles … More of a pocket-pressure type than a pass rusher, as he plays in a system that relies on him providing containment rather than generate pressure, but once he clears the lane, he shows good urgency and the ability to take angles in attempts to close … Could surprise as a pass rusher, as he shows the quick initial step to get advantage and also get on the edge of a blocker … Has effective swim-and-rip ability and good suddenness off the ball and he is more of a power-oriented type than one who would finesse … Does a good job of keeping eye contact on the quarterback to provide containment (see 2007 Clemson, Florida State and Miami and 2006 Cincinnati, Southern Mississippi and Kent State games) and has developed efficient spin moves to counter and pull away from double-team activity … Plays with good instincts, awareness and recognition, as it is rare to see him bite on play action or misdirection … Has a good feel for blocks and when he plants his feet in the ground, even double teams struggle to contain him.

Negatives: Needs to tighten the softness in his midsection … Does a good job flowing to the ball along the line, but must be more alert to keeping his pad level down … When he gets too high and narrows his base, he is susceptible to low blocks … Does not always use his hands to protect his legs from cut blocks, but he has the strength needed to neutralize (does this equally well in one-on-one situations and double teams) … When he gets too tall in his pads, he struggles to shed and stack, causing him to lose some battles in attempts to play off those blocks … Needs to be more consistent shooting his hands, as he tends to lean and give a shoulder rather than extending to play off the blocks, causing him to get washed out some vs. the more active and bigger blockers … Has the timed speed to slip through the pile and apply pressure, but his adequate change-of-direction agility sees him labor at times when he has to get in gear when working in space..Must show better hip flexibility and lateral movement in his backside pursuit before he can be given more opportunities to rush the passer.

Compares To: DEWAYNE ROBERTSON-New York Jets … Both of these players rely on suddenness and brute strength to gain advantage. Powell is a dominant run stuffer who does a fine job of handling double-team blocks. He needs to improve his lateral range to be more effective when chasing down plays and must use his hands better to protect himself from low blocks. But when he locks on to a blocker, he will quickly shed. Where he excels is clogging the rush lanes, as when he keeps his pads down, lead blockers are soon to be pushed back through the hole. For a team using the "under tackle" position, Powell is the perfect fit.

Career Notes

Powell is the only active defensive tackle in the Division 1-A collegiate ranks to have held the opponent to minus yardage rushing during his career (106 plays for losses of 13 yards) … The only time an opponent registered a rushing attempt for more than 10 yards vs. Powell came on a 13-yard gain by Virginia's Mikell Simpson in 2007 … Only four times during his 104 career tackles has the opposition managed to register a first down on that play.

2007 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team pick by The NFL Draft Report … Started 12 of 13 games at left defensive tackle, coming off the bench vs. Ohio University … Recorded 36 tackles (nine solo) with 2 1/2 sacks for minus-17 yards and six stops for losses of 23 yards … Credited with 15 quarterback pressures and also caused a fumble … On 33 plays he made vs. the run, the opposition was held to 13 yards and just one first down … Made 10 third-down stops and three more on fourth down … Produced seven of his tackles inside the red zone, including two on a goal-line stand vs. Miami.

2007 Game Analysis

East Carolina … Powell continued his dominance vs. the run, giving up just five yards on three running plays directed at him … Finished with three assisted tackles as Tech allowed 142 yards on 35 rushing attempts … Late in the first quarter, he stopped tailback Chris Johnson after a run off left tackle netted only one yard … He repeated that midway through the second quarter, stopping Johnson for a one-yard gain on a second-and-7 run up the middle to the ECU 34 … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#70-Doug Palmer (6:03, 306) … Against the Run-Made three tackles vs. the run for a total of three yards (Team allowed 142 yards on 35 carries).

Louisiana State … The defense was simply manhandled by an offense that generated 598 yards in handing Virginia Tech a 48-7 loss. Powell did not record a tackle and was also called for a personal foul penalty at the LSU 31 with 7:43 left in the game … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#65-Lyle Hitt (6:02, 299).

Ohio University … Powell came off the bench to deliver five tackles with an assisted sack and two pressures, as he held the opposition to zero yards on four running plays directed at him and the team allowed the Bobcats to gain only 38 yards on 36 rushing attempts … Powell easily sniffed out a draw play and tackled speedy tailback Kalvin McRae for no gain on a run off left guard at the 10:21 mark of the second quarter … Later in that frame, he took down McRae for a one-yard loss on another run off left guard at the OU 17 and on the next play, the defensive tackle's pressure on Brad Bower led to an incomplete pass … With 8:49 left on the clock, Powell joined defensive end Chris Ellis in sacking Bower for a five-yard loss at the Ohio 8 on third-and-18, forcing the Bobcats to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#79-Matt Miller (6:03, 312) … Against the Run-Made four tackles vs. the run for a total of no yards gained (Team allowed 38 yards on 36 carries).

William and Mary … Powell was back in the starting lineup, coming up with an assisted tackle and a pressure as the front wall limited WM to a miniscule five yards on 28 rushing attempts … Six minutes into the game, Powell burst into the backfield on third-and-15 to pressure QB Jake Phillips into throwing an incomplete pass, forcing WM to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#56-C.J. Muse (6:04, 310) … Against the Run-Made one tackle vs. the run for a total of four yards (Team allowed five yards on 28 carries).

North Carolina … The Tar Heels attempted to run on Powell three times and the defender stuffed UNC as he made three tackles with a pressure and assisted on a sack … QB T.J. Yates was pressured by Powell into throwing an incomplete pass at the UNC 34 five minutes into the game … He teamed with defensive end Jason Worilds to sack Yates for a five-yard loss at the UNC 45 on third-and-7, forcing the Tar Heels to punt late in the second quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#79-Calvin Darrity (6:03, 300) … Against the Run-Made three tackles vs. the run for a total of minus-4 yards (Team allowed 124 yards on 45 carries).

Clemson … Powell had perhaps his finest game of the 2007 season, as he registered four tackles with a stop behind the scrimmage, two pressures and forced a fumble, leading an attacking defensive line that limited one of the nation's best running attacks in James Davis and C.J. Spiller to only eight yards on 23 rushing attempts and 219 yards in total offense … The defensive tackle spotted the screen and quickly converged on James Davis after the tailback caught a second-and-20 pass from QB Cullen Harper. Powell collided with the runner, causing the ball to pop out, but Davis recovered the pigskin at the Clemson 10. On third-and-19, Powell got into the backfield in a flash, flushing Harper out of the pocket to make an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Tech's D.J. Parker. Powell wheeled around and leveled center Barry Humphries to spring Parker for a 32-yard touchdown return with that pass theft … Tailback C.J. Spiller tried to fake out Powell, but the senior tackle took the runner down at the line of scrimmage on a first-and-5 run early in the second quarter … On the Tigers' next series, Harper threw a screen pass to Spiller, but Powell was again in the right position, dropping Spiller to the ground for a one-yard loss … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#74-Brandon Pilgrim (6:06, 299) … Against the Run-Made three tackles vs. the run for a total of three yards (Team allowed eight yards on 23 carries).

Duke … All three of Powell's tackles came vs. the run, holding Duke to minus-13 yards on those plays, as he also registered 1 1/2 sacks and a pair of pressures, including one on third down and another on a fourth-down play, both resulting in sacks … Teamed with right defensive end Orion Martin, as the defenders converged in the Duke backfield to sack QB Thaddeus Lewis for an eight-yard loss and later on that series, on fourth-and-2, Powell pressured Lewis out of the pocket and into the arms of defensive end Chris Ellis, who sacked Lewis for a five-yard loss, giving Tech the ball at the Duke 36 with a little over nine minutes left in the third quarter … Powell chased down tailback Justin Boyle on a two-yard run and then sacked Lewis for a loss of seven yards on Duke's next drive. He then forced the Blue Devils to punt when he pressured Lewis on third-and-15 and the passer was sacked by Martin for a four-yard loss, forcing Duke to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#61-Rob Schirmann (6:05, 288) … Against the Run-Made three tackles vs. the run for a total of minus-13 yards (Team allowed 72 yards on 36 carries).

Boston College … Powell assisted on a stop behind the line of scrimmage, as he produced four tackles (two solo) with a pair of pressures as Tech held the Eagles' ground game to 32 yards on 18 carries. Two of Powell's stops came on third-down plays … Tailback Andre Callender's run up the middle was driven back one yard by Powell's crunching tackle and the defensive tackle then stopped Callender on the next play, a one-yard run off right guard midway through the first quarter … Late in the third quarter, he pressured Matt Ryan out of the pocket and Ryan was sacked by Tech's Chris Ellis for a 10-yard loss. On the next play (third-and-33), Powell took down Callender on a two-yard run up the middle, forcing BC to punt … Early in the fourth quarter, Powell leveled tailback L.V. Whitworth at the line of scrimmage and followed on third-and-11 by pressuring Ryan into tossing an incomplete pass, again forcing the Eagles to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#73-Clif Ramsey (6:06, 302) … Against the Run-Made four tackles vs. the run for a total of two yards (team allowed 32 yards on 18 carries).

Georgia Tech … The Tech defensive tackle was limited to just a pair of tackles, but he also registered a pressure … Powell chased down Taylor Bennett on a three-yard bootleg to the GT 23 midway through the second quarter … Later in the third quarter, he pressured QB Josh Nesbitt on a third-and-2 incomplete toss, forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#61-Matt Rhodes (6:03, 289) … Against the Run-Made two tackles vs. the run for a total of three yards (team allowed 105 yards on 26 carries).

Florida State … Powell made another two tackles, assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage, as he also pressured the Seminoles' pocket twice … On the game's second play from scrimmage, Powell came out of his area to assist in chasing down receiver Preston Parker on an 11-yard reverse … He pressured QB Drew Weatherford into throwing a second-and-9 incomplete pass at the Tech 24 on FSU's next series … Powell again pressured Weatherford into tossing another incompletion on third-and-18 at the FSU 34, forcing the Seminoles to punt midway through the opening frame … Russell Ball's rushing attempt at the Tech 48 midway through the third quarter was thwarted by Powell for a one-yard loss around left end … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#68-Jacky Claude (6:04, 283) … Against the Run-Made two tackles vs. the run for a total of minus-1 yard (team allowed 116 yards on 28 carries).

Miami … Powell delivered four tackles, including one for a three-yard loss, as he made two of his stops on goal-line plays, stopped opposing ballcarriers for no gains on two runs and had a pressure as the front wall held the Hurricanes to minus-2 yards on 29 carries … The Tech tackle destroyed Miami's nine-play, 56-yard series with a stellar goal line stand. He took down tailback Javarris James for no gain on a second-and-goal run at the Tech 1 and then stuffed James for no gain on a fourth-and-goal run up the middle … Later in the third quarter, he flushed Kyle Wright out of the pocket, as the QB tossed a second-and-10 incomplete pass … In the fourth quarter, Powell slipped into the backfield to tackle Wright for a three-yard loss at the UM 20 on a bootleg … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#71-Derrick Morse (6:04, 322) … Against the Run-Made four tackles vs. the run for a total of minus-2 yards (team allowed minus-2 yards on 29 carries).

Virginia … Powell made only two tackles, but one came on a third down, taking down Mikell Simpson at the Tech 24 on a third-and-1 run that netted two yards … Later in the third quarter, Simpson picked up 13 yards on a rushing attempt, the only time an opponent would gain 10 or more yards on a carry vs. Powell in his career … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#77-Ian Yates-Cunningham (6:03, 298) … Against the Run-Made two tackles vs. the run for a total of 15 yards (team allowed 97 yards on 36 carries).

Boston College (ACC Championship Game) … Powell helped Tech exact revenge for a previous 14-10 loss to the Eagles in this 30-16 win. He posted three assisted tackles, including one on a fourth-down play, as he stopped BC runners for no gain on a rushing attempt and added a pressure … He stopped tailback Andre Callender for no gain on a run at the BC 38, tackled L.V. Whitworth after a five-yard catch at midfield and then killed the Eagles' late fourth-quarter series on fourth-and-4, when he pressured QB Matt Ryan, who threw a pass that was intercepted by Tech's Vince Hall at Tech's 4-yard line, ending an 11-play, 58-yard drive with 2:16 left to play … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#73-Clif Ramsey (6:06, 302) … Against the Run-Made two tackles vs. the run for a total of three yards (team allowed 84 yards on 25 carries).

2006 Season

Earned the President's Award for his leadership on defense … Powell started all 13 games in the team's defensive tackle rotation, coming up with a career-high 38 tackles (16 solo) … Registered 2 1/2 sacks for minus-19 yards, 6 1/2 stops for losses of 25 yards and seven quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles and batted away one pass … Helped the team rank 11th in the nation in rush defense (91.23 yards per game) and lead the Division 1-A ranks in total defense (219.46 ypg) and scoring defense (11 points per game) … On the 42 running plays Powell was involved in, he held the opposition to minus-2 yards rushing … Only twice did his opponent gain first downs vs. the defensive tackle … Made 12 third-down tackles, including one vs. the pass and had six stops inside the red zone, including two on goal-line plays … Stopped opposing ballcarriers for no gain on four plays.

2006 Game Analysis

Northeastern … Started and had one solo tackle on 30 plays … Stopped tailback Alex Broomfield on a three-yard run in the first quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#65-Kevin Newhall (6:04, 290).

North Carolina … Powell collected five tackles with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage, as Tech held UNC to 89 yards on 31 carries. On five running plays directed at Powell, the defensive tackle held the Tar Heels to minus-4 yards on the ground … On UNC's game-opening drive, Powell took down tailback Ronnie McGill for no gain on a run up the middle and then tackled Barrington Edwards for a two-yard loss on a carry at the start of the second quarter … Edwards was again met by the defensive tackle and end Noland Burchette for a two-yard loss with 2:06 left before half time … The duo would team up again to take down McGill for a one-yard loss five minutes into the third quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#79-Calvin Darity (6.03, 295).

Duke … Started, but did not record any tackles as the front wall held Duke to 51 yards on 41 carries (1.4-yard average) and 139 total yards … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#61-Rob Schirmann (6:05, 288).

Cincinnati … Powell delivered a career-high seven tackles, including six vs. the run (Bearcats managed just five yards on those six carries), as he made two third-down stops and Tech gave up just 280 yards … Powell and defensive end Noland Burchette teamed up to sack QB Dustin Grutza for a three-yard loss on a third-and-4 play midway through the first quarter … Butler Benson was leveled by the defensive tackle for a two-yard loss on a run off left end at the start of the second half … Linebacker Xavier Adibi and Powell took down Grutza for a one-yard loss on a third-and-2 bootleg over left end at the start of the final frame … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#76-Trevor Canfield (6:05, 303).

Georgia Tech … Powell's four tackles all came vs. the run, as the Yellow Jackets managed just eight yards on those plays, including one on third down … His first hit of the game stopped QB Reggie Ball's first-and-goal bootleg at the Tech 5 with five minutes left in the first quarter … He later stopped Ball on a third-down run that netted just one yard at the start of the fourth quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#73-Nate McManus (6:03, 310).

Boston College … The defensive line held the Eagles to 90 yards on 34 carries (2.6-yard average), as Powell had three assisted tackles … He took down L.V. Whitworth for no gain at the Tech 24 on a late first-quarter rushing attempt … While tackling tailback Andre Callender on a two-yard run, guard Josh Beekman was charged with holding Powell on the play, resulting in a 10-yard penalty … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#75-Josh Beekman (6:01, 321).

Southern Mississippi … Powell was a terror in the trenches. He had a nine-yard sack with a fumble recovery and five tackles (three solo) as the defense gave up just 82 yards on 37 rushing attempts. In seven running plays directed at Powell, the defensive tackle held USM to minus-15 yards on the ground … Fullback Conrad Chanove was dragged to the ground at the line of scrimmage by Powell on a mid-first quarter rushing attempt at the USM 18 … After Vince Hall sacked QB Jeremy Young on third-and-18 causing a fumble, Powell pounced on the ball at the Tech 48, setting up a Hokies 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter … Young was later sacked by Powell at the USM 1 for a nine-yard loss and on the next play, the Tech defensive tackle stopped Tory Harrison for no gain on a third-and-29 run over right tackle at the USM 1, forcing the Eagles to punt late in the third quarter … At the start of the fourth quarter, Powell chased Young out of bounds on a bootleg that resulted in a three-yard loss and on the next play, he pressured Young out of the pocket, where he threw an incomplete pass, forcing USM to again punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#70-George Batiste (6:05, 313).

Clemson … Posted a pair of tackles with a stop for a loss and a pressure, as Tech held the heralded Tigers' running game to 80 yards on 28 chances … Late in the first quarter, Powell teamed with linebacker Vince Hall to stop tailback James Davis for a one-yard loss on a run over left tackle … On third-and-7 with 6:44 left in the first half, Powell pressured QB Will Proctor into throwing an incomplete pass, forcing Clemson to punt … At the 5:44 mark of the third quarter, Powell stopped Davis for no gain on a third-and-2 run over left tackle, again forcing the Tigers to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#63-Nathan Bennett (6:05, 331).

Miami … Miami gained a season-high 153 yards rushing vs. the Tech defense, as Powell was limited to one tackle and a pass deflection … Batted away a Kyle Wright pass intended for tight end Greg Olsen late in the first quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#71-Derrick Morse (6:04, 326).

Kent State … Powell had a pair of tackles to go with a nine-yard sack, as he led a defensive line that gave up just 84 yards rushing and 182 total yards … Killed a mid-third quarter scoring drive when he crashed through the line on third-and-goal to sack QB Michael Machen for a nine-yard loss. On the next play, KSU attempted a 32-yard field goal, but Powell disrupted the snap and the kicked sailed wide right due to the poor exchange … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#71-Craig Rafdal (6:04, 318).

Wake Forest … Powell's only tackle resulted in a stop for no gain, as WF's offense struggled to pick up 257 yards, including 62 rushing … The defensive tackle leveled Travo Woods for no gain on a run off left tackle at the Tech 14 at the start of the fourth quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#70-Chris DeGeare (6:04, 363).

Virginia … Powell's dominance in the trenches saw the Cavaliers get held to 46 yards on 23 rushing attempts. All six of his tackles came vs. the run, as he allowed Virginia just four yards gained on those plays. He also recovered a fumble and made three third-down stops … Five minutes into the game, Powell tackled tailback Jason Snelling on a one-yard run on third-and-8 going over left end, forcing the Cavaliers to punt … His pressure on QB Jameel Sewell later in the first quarter resulted in an incomplete pass … He then took down Snelling for no gain and on the next play, tackled Snelling for a one-yard loss on a screen pass with 2:40 left in the opening frame … Powell stopped a second-quarter drive when he took down Snelling after a one-yard gain up the middle on a third-and-12 run … Linebacker Xavier Adibi sacked QB Jameel Sewell on third-and-5 with 4:00 left before half time, causing a fumble that Powell recovered at the UVA 12, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Tech's George Bell … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#77-Ian-Yates Cunningham (6:03, 299).

Georgia (Chick-Fil-A Bowl) … Powell posted with one assisted tackle, but was called for penalties on back-to-back plays in the third quarter … He was called for a face mask penalty after stopping Danny Ware for no gain at the UGA 48 on a rushing attempt and was flagged for jumping off side on the next snap … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#67-Chester Adams (6:04, 322).

2005 Season

One of two defensive players to earn the Frank O. Moseley Award for his hustle … Played in 12 games, missing the Duke clash after he suffered a right ankle sprain in the season opener vs. North Carolina State … Started at defensive tackle vs. North Carolina State, Maryland, Boston College, Miami and Louisville (Gator Bowl) … Was part of a unit that ranked eighth in the nation in rush defense (93.38 yards per game), second in scoring defense (12.92 points per game) and led the Division 1-A ranks in total defense (247.62 ypg) … Recorded just 13 tackles (three solo) with an assisted sack for minus-4 yards, 1 1/2 stops for losses totaling seven yards and two quarterback pressures. In 12 running plays directed at him, Powell held the opposition to minus-7 yards rushing … Also stopped ballcarriers six times for no gain on running plays … Two of his tackles came on third-down plays and five came inside the red zone, including three on goal-line plays.

2005 Game Analysis

North Carolina State … Powell started but left the game after he sprained his right ankle while pressuring QB Jay Davis on a second-and-7 toss at the start of the second half … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#69-Kalani Heppe (6:03, 299).

Duke … Did not play (right ankle sprain).

Ohio University … Saw limited action upon his return, but did not post any tackles … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#77-Paul Johnson (6:02, 316).

Georgia Tech … Powell collected a pair of tackles, including one that stopped P.J. Daniels for a four-yard loss, joining linebacker Vince Hall in taking down the tailback at the GT 30 … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#61-Matt Rhodes (6:02, 288).

West Virginia … Powell's only tackle came midway through the second quarter, as he leveled tailback Steve Slaton for no gain on a rushing attempt at the WVA 42 … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#72-John bradshaw (6:07, 299).

Marshall … Assisted defensive end Noland Burchette in sacking QB Bernie Morris for an eight-yard loss on a third-and-10 play late in the second quarter, forcing the Thundering Herd to punt … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#74-David Ziegler (6:05, 298).

Maryland … Powell returned to the starting lineup, posting a pair of tackles, including a shoestring stop of tight end Vernon Davis before the Mackey Award winner could turn up field with a three-yard reception at the UM 15 with 10:45 left to play … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#69-Donnie Woods (6:03, 291).

Boston College … In his third start of the season, both of Powell's tackles stopped tailback L.V. Whitworth for no gain on rushing attempts, the first coming with 6:51 left in the first half at the BC 23 and the second on a first-and-goal run over right guard two minutes into the third quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#70-James Marten (6:08, 323).

Miami … Both of Powell's tackles came vs. the run, as he took down Charley Jones after a one-yard gain on a second-and-goal run at the start of the second quarter. He also drew guard Rashad Butler offside on the next play, forcing Miami to punt … At the start of the second half, Powell leveled Jones at the line of scrimmage on a run off right guard … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#68-Tyler McMeans (6:04, 329).

Virginia … Powell came off the bench to take down Marques Hagans on a bootleg that netted two yards with 7:30 remaining in the first half … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#71-Brandon Albert (6:07, 316).

North Carolina … Came off the bench, but did not record any tackles … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#77-Charlston Gray (6:03, 309).

Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference Championship) … Assisted defensive end Darryl Tapp in taking down tailback Leon Washington for a one-yard loss on a second-and-8 run up the middle with 6:21 left in the game … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#68-Jacky Claude (6:04, 307).

Louisville (Gator Bowl) … Powell returned to the starting lineup … On back-to-back plays, he pressured QB Hunter Cantwell into throwing an incomplete pass, followed by a tackle of tailback Kolby Smith for no gain on a third-and-9 run, forcing the Cardinals to punt five minutes into the second quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-OG#59-Jason Spitz (6:04, 311).

2004 Season

Recipient of the Frank O. Moseley Award, awarded to the defensive player who hustled the most … Powell played in all 13 games, earning his first career start at defensive tackle vs. Florida A&M … Finished with 17 tackles (seven solo), 7 1/2 stops for losses of 20 yards and six quarterback pressures … Also deflected a pass and caused a fumble … Part of a squad that ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (12.85 points per game) and fourth in total defense (268 yards per game) … On 19 plays vs. the run, Powell held the opposition to minus-17 yards rushing and also stopped a pair of ballcarriers for no gains on rushing attempts … Registered four tackles on third-down plays and three of his stops came inside the red zone.

2004 Game Analysis

Southern California … Powell made his collegiate debut by pressuring Heisman Trophy QB Matt Leinart into throwing an incomplete pass on a third-and-15 play three minutes into the game.

Duke … The reserve defensive tackle collected a season-high four tackles (two solo) on just 10 plays of action … He was charged with an illegal block on a punt return in the second quarter, but made up for it by killing another second-quarter series, when he crashed into fullback Justin Boyle on a third-and-3 run that netted just one yard … Late in the third quarter, Powell killed another Duke drive when he took down Curt Dukes for no gain on a third-and-1 QB option … Early in the fourth quarter, he was flagged for a false start.

North Carolina State … Powell delivered a pair of tackles with 1 1/2 stops for losses … He stopped T.A. McLendon for minus-3 yards on a run over left end midway through the second quarter and then teamed with Rover Aaron Rouse to stop McLendon for a two-yard loss on an early fourth-quarter rushing attempt.

West Virginia … Powell was in on three tackles, as he assisted in stopping tailback Kay-Jay Harris for a one-yard loss near midfield in the first quarter and then broke into the backfield to level Harris for a three-yard loss on a second-and-7 run at the WVA 38 at the start of the second quarter.

Wake Forest … Assisted Noland Burchette in tackling QB Ben Mauk on a three-yard bootleg over left tackle late in the third quarter.

Georgia Tech … Tackled tailback P.J. Daniels on a two-yard run at the VT 41 midway through the first quarter, causing a fumble that was recovered by the Hokies, killing a 40-yard, eight-play series.

North Carolina … Totaled two tackles with 1 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Made a bone-jarring hit for a three-yard loss on a run over left end midway through the second quarter … Teamed with Aaron Rouse on a two-yard loss on a run up the middle at the Tech 47 early in the fourth quarter.

Maryland … In perhaps his finest game as a freshman, all three of Powell's tackles came vs. the run, resulting in losses of a total of 15 yards for the Terps … He also registered a pressure … Four minutes into the game, Powell leveled fullback Sam Maldonado for a two-yard loss on a run over right guard … Powell then teamed with Aaron Rouse to tackle Mario Merrills for minus-11 yards on a run off right tackle and on the next play, the Tech defensive tackle pressured QB Joel Stratham into throwing a third-and-18 incomplete pass, forcing Maryland to punt.

Virginia … Powell pressured QB Marques Hagans into throwing an incomplete pass and on the next play, he assisted linebacker Vince Hall in taking down tailback Wali Lundy on a one-yard run five minutes into the second quarter.

Miami … With 7:19 left in the first quarter, Powell tackled tailback Frank Gore on a rushing attempt that netted zero yards.

Auburn (Sugar Bowl) … Midway through the second quarter, Powell leveled All-American tailback Carnell Williams for a one-yard loss on a first-and-10 run at the Auburn 19.

2003 Season

Redshirted during his first season at Tech, competing on the scout team as a defensive tackle.

Injury Report

2005: Suffered a right ankle sprain vs. North Carolina State (9/04), sitting oit the following week vs. Duke (9/10).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.87 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.99 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 425-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times … 600-pound squat … 341-pound power clean … 29-inch vertical jump … 9'1" broad jump … 4.35 20-yard shuttle … 31 3/4-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 34/43 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Noble Palmer … A prep inside linebacker during his first three years, Powell shifted to defensive tackle as a senior while also competing on the offensive line … The All-Atlantic Region choice by Prep Star battled injuries as a senior, but still managed to registered 60 tackles, five sacks, five fumble recoveries and a blocked punt … As a junior, he totaled 80 tackles with seven sacks and 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Added honorable mention All-Eastern Region accolades and received a three-star prospect rating from Rivalws.com … Rated the 24th-best player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and the state's 15th-ranked prospect by Super Prep … Member of Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-Mid Atlantic team … Standout weight performer on the school's track team, finishing seventh in the Group AAA outdoor shot put competition as a senior.

Personal

Graduated in 2006 with a degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise … .Son of Jay and Carlton Powell, Sr … .Born Carlton Eugene Powell, Jr. on 8/14/85 in Norfolk, Virginia … Resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.

 
 
 

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