Strong-legged punter who goes into this season as part of one of the top kicking tandems in the country with placekicker Dustin Hopkins. Currently shares the all-time record for career punt average (42.7) at Florida State with Rohn Stark. A candidate for the Ray Guy Award given to the nation's top punter. Will also handle all the holds on kick placements for a fourth consecutive season.
Third season as the full-time starting punter...senior leads all FBS punters with a 47.0 average, which is one full yard ahead of Rohn Stark's Florida State single-season record, set in 1981...the Rome, Ga. native's 44.01 career average is the best in school history, ahead of Stark's 42.7 mark...his career average also ranks fifth in ACC history...with the help of an outstanding coverage unit, Powell's 42.0 net average also leads the nation...he is bidding to become the first FBS punter since Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier in 2005 to lead the nation in average and net average... his 49 punts and 2,303 yards are both single-season career bests...Powell has uncorked 21 punts of 50 or more yards, with at least one 50-plus yarder in eight of 12 games...12 of those 50-yard punts have come in the last three games (four each)...six of his punts have carried 60 yards or more, including a career-long 69-yard effort against No. 1 Oklahoma...has averaged 50 yards or more in four games (Oklahoma, Maryland, Miami, Virginia) with a single-game high average of 54.8 against the Hurricanes...Powell's ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory has been instrumental in FSU's standing as one of the nation's top defensive units...21 of his 49 punts have settled inside the opposition's 20-yard line, which is a new single-season career best...of those 21, 12 have been inside the 10-yard line - a staggering total.
In addition to his strong leg, Powell has become especially proficient with directional "rugby punts" which have not compromised his nation-leading average...in all, 63 percent of his punt attempts this season have gone unreturned...he has not had a punt blocked this season, extending his career-long streak to 160...near-unanimous choice as first-team All- ACC punter; the first in FSU's 20 years of league membership...earned first team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Football Foundation, ESPN.com and Rivals.com... he is the first Seminole punter to earn All-American distinction since Stark in 1981...Powell was chosen ACC Specialist of the Week three times, leading all conference players in that category this season.
In his second full season as the starter averaged a career-high 44.3 per attempt, which would have ranked in the top 25 nationally but did not meet the minimum of 3.6 punts per game...punted a career-high 50 times for a career-high 2,214 yards...pinned opponents inside the 20 a single-season best 16 times and forced six fair catches with his booming hang time...opponents have returned only 21 punts for 143 yards on the season...became a proficient rugby-style punter, improving his directional accuracy while limiting returning opportunities...was at his best in that department against Florida, forcing the Gators to start drives at the 4, 7 and 5-yard lines...earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors for his performance against the Gators...booted a single-season, career-high 18 punts over 50 yards...FSU averaged 39.02 net yards on punts, which ranked 15th nationally...enjoyed his statistically best game of the season against South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl when he averaged 51.0 yards on three punts including punts of 54 and 50 yards and finished with an impressive 50.0 net average...against Boston College averaged 50.8 yards on five punts and finished with an impressive 48.4 net average...currently ranks second in Florida State history to Rohn Stark with a career 42.5 average. Stark holds the record at 42.7.
In his first season as FSU's full-time punter he boasted a career-best 41.6 yard average, which included a career-long 64-yarder, which led all ACC punters...was even better in league play, ranking second in ACC games with a 42.7 average...adept at booming traditional punts and athletic enough to excel on rugby (on the run) punts...allowed only 136 return yards with 13 punts downed inside 20 and six fair caught...also handled all placement holds for second consecutive season.
Started seven games as punter while incumbent Graham Gano recovered from knee surgery....averaged an impressive 41.1 yards on 18 attempts before Gano returned to the lineup...registered FSU season-long punt of 56 yards against Wake Forest...handled all placement holds as a true freshman...his steady hands helped Gano convert 57 of 60 combined kicks on the year.
Graduated from Darlington Prep in 2007 but delayed his enrollment at FSU until January 2008...was an accomplished kicker and punter in high school, converting 11 of 12 field goal attempts while averaging 51 yards a punt...a strong student who is majoring in international affairs...chose FSU over VMI.
Born November 29, 1988.