Countdown to kickoff: #98 Jorge Powell

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Saturday marks the 98th day. Number 98 belongs to redshirt freshman kicker Jorge Powell. Powell hasn’t played a down of football yet for the Gators, but that could change in 2015.

At Miami Belen Jesuit Prep, Jorge Powell was 12 of 15 on field goal attempts as a senior in 2014. He was named to the 1st team All-Dade County and an All-State kicker as well. He owns a school record 54 yard field goal made for Belen. He made 28 of 29 extra point attempts as a senior.

As mentioned above, Powell hasn’t played a down yet for Florida, but he may get that chance in 2015. While junior kicker Austin Hardin had a strong spring putting the ball between the goal posts on field goals, he has struggled a great deal with consistency in his career as a Gator.

Head coach Jim McElwain also was not happy with kickoffs during the Orange and Blue Debut in April, Powell was able to jump in and compete and kick a few. He will have to work on that as well, but it could be his shot.

Only a redshirt freshman, if he makes a real impression on the staff, he could earn a scholarship that the staff is likely looking to fill in the 2016 recruiting class, of which they will be looking at campers in the next month.

Jersey #98 is Jorge Powell and he is our Gator player of the day as we continue to count them down.

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