Powell was headed for a redshirt as a freshman in 2012 before injuries dictated otherwise. He played in the final seven games, totaling four tackles while, more importantly, gaining valuable experience heading into this season.
He'll need to draw on his prior playing time, as he's currently listed as the No. 2 player at defensive tackle. At 6-foot-3, 295-pounds, Powell has the size advantage over current starter Austin Teitsma, but does give up a wide edge when it comes to experience.
Still, the defensive line has numerous spots as open for grabs as any on the roster. And even if he doesn't start, Powell is in line for plenty of reps this fall.