Since winning a state championship, Taylor Powell has been battling a few injuries.
The Fayetteville (Ark.) Class of 2017 three-star quarterback separated his AC joint in his shoulder during the Bulldogs’ 28-7 win over Springdale Har-Ber in the Arkansas Class 7A state championship game, then tweaked his hamstring while working out in the weeks after the game.
While he’ll be limited, Powell is in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American combine this weekend.
“(The doctor) hasn’t released me to do any of the combine related stuff, but I’m cleared to throw,” Powell said. “I’m looking forward to the exposure and getting down here and throwing against the best guys.
“I wish I could be out there testing, but the doctor hasn’t cleared me to.”
Powell has only two offers – from Arkansas State and Wake Forest – but several schools, including Arkansas, California, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Pitt, have expressed interest.
“I’ve been invited to the Oklahoma State junior day and I’m probably going to go visit Wake Forest in the spring,” Powell said. “Arkansas hasn’t invited me to attend anything, but if they did, I’d probably attend it.”
As a junior, Powell completed 269 of 378 passes (71.2 percent) for 3,594 yards, 49 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns.
His 49 touchdown passes broke a school record – surpassing Brandon and Austin Allen’s totals – and his 55 total touchdowns is a single-season Class 7A record.
While it was a stellar season, Powell said he is still trying to improve every area of his game so Fayetteville can get back to War Memorial Stadium for a third straight year and win its second straight title.
“I’m really wanting to try to put on some weight,” Powell said. “I’m trying to get up around the 210-pound range. I’m trying to get stronger and faster, working with my wide receivers, watching film from last year, just trying to improve so we can be back in Little Rock.”
A year after losing to Bentonville in the championship game as a sophomore, Powell led the Bulldogs to a win over the Tigers in the semifinals before beating Har-Ber in the title game.
Fayetteville won easily, but it wasn’t Powell’s best game, as he completed 15 of 25 passes for 175 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Those are respectable numbers, but he would like to end his career with an even better performance. That said, he doesn’t want to think too far ahead.
“It’s definitely our goal to get back there, but the only way that happens is if we take it one game at a time like we did this year,” Powell said. “It’s good to think about the long-term goal and have that in mind, but it’ll get right past us if we don’t think about each game and focus on our skills and assignments.
“If we do that, the scores will take care of themselves.”