Brandon Powell yearning for the competition again

There is something to be said for highly skilled athletes that play through pain to try and help their teams to win. That is what we had with junior slot receiver Brandon Powell a year ago. Powell started off the season as one of the most explosive players in the SEC, but a foot injury slowed him down a great deal and he couldn’t finish like he started. After missing spring practice to recover from surgery, Powell is ready to break out again.

“It was very hard knowing that you are supposed to make plays,” Brandon Powell said at Florida’s Media Day last week before fall practice kicked off. “It was kind of frustrating because I couldn’t run and cut like I wanted to cut.”

While out of action, Florida’s staff sought help to try and alleviate some of the pressure Powell puts on his foot. A chip in a bone in the middle of his foot, he now says that he is 100% with the help of some special orthotics. Something that he realizes he needs to keep using.

“The surgeon and the training staff worked together and got a shoe that is more comfortable and has more pad,” he said, “Coach Mac is always on me about wearing my shoes around the complex, so maybe this camp I will wear them everywhere I go.

“I am going to take care of my body, ice more, and wear those shoes they got me. They are comfortable and feel good on my feet.”

The spring was miserable in the sense that Powell had to sit and watch. But, he spent a good bit of that time helping teammates like Dre Massey, who will compete with Powell for tat starting slot position, get ready for the upcoming season. He also spied Massey a bit and learned some things as well. 

“I was actually able to watch some of the guys like Dre and how he used his speed on some of the DB’s,” Powell said. “I was able to watch the DB’s from the sideline and see how they play. It was a good lesson for me to sit on the sideline.

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Massey had a terrific spring and now there is a battle brewing at the slot.

“I love competition,” he said. “Ever since I’ve been here I’ve been in competition with somebody. Having a player like Dre that can push you, it will be fun the whole camp.

“It’s going to be great because you have two people that can make a play any time and will be dangerous one-on-one. I want him to know everything I know and play well too. You never know what might happen.”

Both guys are dynamic play makers, something the offense has missed over the years. What if they both got on the field at the same time?

“With both of us on the field, it would be scary,” he said.  

The end game is what is most important for Powell and his teammates.

I am just ready to get back on the field… I just want to win,” he said. “We are all just focused. We have a great group of quarterbacks that are leading everybody and we are all focused on one thing.”

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