Washington State kicker Erik Powell earned his scholarship

WASHINGTON STATE kicker Erik Powell had a very good 2015 campaign – he scored the third-most points ever in Cougar program history. At the end of last season, Cougar special teams coach Eric Mele recently told CF.C, Powell was put on scholarship.

By any measure, he deserved it.

Powell was 20-of-26 field goals and 49-49 on extra points this past season (long of 47).  The 20 made field goals are fourth all-time at Washington State.

His 109 points were both third all-time at WSU and the most ever by a sophomore.  The former walk on will be a fourth-year junior in 2016.

Powell ranked sixth in Pac-12 in scoring this past season and was t-4th in field goals per game (1.54).

The lefty kicker’s numbers become even more impressive in light of how often the Cougs went for it on fourth down when in field goal range last year.

He also posted 21 touchbacks on 76 kickoffs in 2015, with an average of 56.6 yards. 

Out of Vancouver, Wash., Powell was primarily a soccer player before trying his hand at football his junior season at  Seton Catholic High. He walked on at WSU in 2013. 

After his breakout performance last season in the 37-34 win over Rutgers, Mike Leach said Powell had shown the most one-year improvement of any kicker he had coached. Powell went 3 for 3 on field goals (46, 47, 37) and hit all four of his PATs in the win in New Jersey.  He capped his 2015 campaign with the Sun Bowl special teams MVP award.

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