Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

POWELL'S HAUL; Former Hazelwood East High Star Scores Five Touchdowns Saturday for Murray State; COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOCUS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

POWELL'S HAUL; Former Hazelwood East High Star Scores Five Touchdowns Saturday for Murray State; COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOCUS

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Walter Powell is off to a strong start in his pursuit of All- America honors for the second consecutive year at Murray State.

After being named a first-teamer last season in the Football Championship Subdivision as an all-purpose runner, the Hazelwood East High product added to his credentials as a receiver Saturday. He had 11 catches for 155 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 41- 38 win over Missouri State.

Powell secured the win with a 15-yard TD catch with 24 seconds remaining. He also returned three kickoffs for 151 yards and ranks third in the country with an average of 41.8 yards per return through three games.

The senior started the second half by returning the kickoff 98 yards for a score.

"Walter made a bunch of big plays that got us back in the game," Murray State coach Chris Hatcher said. "He's a great playmaker and overcame two muffed punts then made a great play."

As a junior, Powell averaged 26.3 yards per kick return and 15.8 yards on punt returns with two touchdowns. He also led the Racers with 94 catches for 1,213 yards and 10 TDs.

He was named a Walter Payton Award candidate in the preseason, and received numerous early All-America accolades, including first team as a punt returner and second team as a receiver by Phil Steele.

Against Missouri State he caught a fade pass from Maikhail Miller in the back of the end zone to cap the comeback.

"At the end sometimes you have to go with your best player and get the ball in his hands," Hatcher said. "Since Walter's been here he's probably practiced that catch thousands of times. We work on it every day and it was just great execution."

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