2016 - Junior Season
Veteran defensive lineman appeared in 10 games and started two at defensive end • Tallied 19 total tackles on the year, including 3.0 for loss, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries • Had two stops and a QB hurry in the Sun Bowl.
2015 - Sophomore Season
Played in 11 games • Finished with 23 tackles, three quarterback hurries and a half sack • Posted three tackles vs. Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl • Had a pair of stops in the win at NC State • Tallied three tackles and assisted on a sack in the win at Virginia Tech • Finished with three tackles in the win over Duke • Returned from three weeks missed due to injury with a tackle in the win at Pitt • Had a season-high four tackles (three solo) in the win at Georgia Tech • Finished with three tackles and a quarterback hurry in the win over Illinois • Had two stops in the season opener against South Carolina.
2014 - True Freshman Season
Appeared in 12 games and finished the season with 12 tackles and a sack • Had multiple stops against NC State, Duke, ECU and Liberty • Posted his first career sack and two solo tackles at East Carolina.
Cosby High School
Played in the Chesapeake Bowl in Virginia Beach, Va. • Played in the Offense-Defense Bowl, a postseason all-star game in Orlando, Fla. • Helped lead Cosby High School to its first ever playoff berth during his senior season • Posted more than 50 tackles, including 18 for loss and 8.5 sacks, plus forced four fumbles • Also returned a recovered fumble for a touchdown • Played positions on both the offensive and defensive lines • Ranked the No. 27 player in Virginia by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 59 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com • Listed as the No. 68 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 23 player in Virginia by ESPN.com • Named the Defensive Line MVP at the National Underclassmen Five Star East Showcase in the summer before his senior season • Made 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and two sacks as a junior • Twice named All-Metro • Coached by Pete Mutascio.
Son of Christy and Tom Powell • Exercise and sport science major.