Crimson Countdown: DB Joe Powell


Over the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We'll analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Tony Jefferson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.

No. 19 Joe Powell

Cornerback, 6-foot, 171 pounds

Impact so far: Heading into his junior season, Powell has proven to be an superb athlete. But hasn't yet found a position to call home.

He participated in four games as a true freshman, playing slot receiver while providing depth on offense and special teams. As a sophomore, Powell moved to cornerback and finished with five tackles in five games. He also played a role on various special teams before practicing at receiver prior to the Insight Bowl.

Powell has terrific physical ability but has yet to make a major impact and only has two more seasons become a key contributor. He needs to raise his game to another level. If he’s going to make a mark, he needs to do it now.

Impact in 2012: The Sooners liked what they saw from Powell in the spring as he battled Lamar Harris for the starting cornerback spot opposite Demontre Hurst. Unless OU’s lack of depth at receiver makes a move to receiver necessary, Powell should be on the two-deep at cornerback and help on special teams.

Impact in 2013 and beyond: If Powell turns the corner as a junior and becomes productive, he could have a big senior season in 2013. An experienced and comfortable Powell should be a playmaker if he turns his potential into production.