Florida State defensive stars Brandon Jenkins and Greg Reid have decided to return for their senior seasons. Plus a note on Arrington Jenkins and Avis Commack and a list of all-star games featuring FSU's 2011 class of seniors.
About Powell... Florida State's first consensus All-American punter and the school's all-time leader in multiple punting categories as a three-year starter... Football Bowl Subdivision national leader with a 47-yard average as a senior...fifth all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference in career punting average (44.2 yards per punt).
Consensus All-American punter earning first-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), as well as ESPN.com and Rivals.com...selected first-team All-ACC (the first in FSU's 20 years of league membership)...winner of the College Football Performance Awards 2011 Performer of the Year Award...was the CFPA Performer of the Week once and a five-time honorable mention choice in 2011Football Bowl Subdivision national leader with a 47-yard average...punted 57 times for 2,681 yards...had 24 punts of 50 or more yards with at least one 50-plus yarder in nine of 13 games...23 punts downed inside the 20 which included 14 inside the 10-yard line - a staggering total...forced seven fair catches...finished his career as FSU's all-time leader with a 44.2 average (168-7,424), smashing Rohn Stark's previous mark of 42.7...ranks fifth all-time in ACC for career punting average...set the single-season school record for average (47.0)...did not have a punt blocked in 168 career attempts...with the help of an outstanding coverage unit, Powell's 41.28 net average also ranked second in the nation... six of his punts carried 60 yards or more, including a career-long 69-yard effort against No. 1 Oklahoma... averaged 50 yards or more in four games (Oklahoma, Maryland, Miami, Virginia) with a school record single-game high average of 54.8 against the Hurricanes... in all, 63 percent of his punt attempts went unreturned...first Seminole punter to earn All-American distinction since Stark in 1981...selected ACC Specialist of the Week three times, leading all conference players in that category this season.
2010 In his second full season as the starter averaged a career-high 44.3 yards 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 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.
2009 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.
2008 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...chose FSU over VMI...born November 29, 1988.
Career-Highs: Punts 7, at Oklahoma, 2010 Yards 297, at Oklahoma, 2010 Long 66, at Virginia, 2010