University of South Dakota senior wide receiver Will Powell and junior placekicker Kevin Robb have been named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team as announced by the league office. Both were second-team selections.
South Dakota football plays its season finale in a showdown with South Dakota State, men's basketball opens its season with four games in five days and women's basketball plays Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this week in Coyote athletics.
South Dakota football's fourth quarter comeback attempt came up short when Terrell Sinkfield recovered Kevin Robb's onside kick attempt with 39 seconds remaining. The Northern Iowa Panthers took a knee to preserve the 24-21 victory.
2012 One of 10 Coyotes who started all 11 games, he at wide receiver...second-team All-MVFC honoree...second-team MVFC all-academic team...USD's Henry Heider Most Valuable Player of the Year...USD athletic department Outstanding Senior of the Year...USD athletic department's Carl & Hazel Hoy Award Winner for outstanding leadership, athletic and academic achievement...led USD with 55 catches and 625 yards...had two touchdown receptions and set a USD record with 21 career touchdown receptions...had the third-most receptions and fourth-most receiving yards in the MVFC...ranked 91st nationally in receiving yards...2,521 career receiving yards ranks second in USD history...had two 100-yard receiving games...had nine catches for 127 yards and a touchdown vs. UNI (11/10)...had eight catches for 118 yards at South Dakota State (11/17)...had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown at Indiana State (10/27)...one of five Coyotes who carries a cumulative GPA above 3.5...MVFC President's Academic Award...MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award...MVFC Honor Roll.
2011 Earned first team All-GWC honors...Led the conference in
receiving yards with 763 on 42 receptions for a 69.4 average which also was tops in the league. He really came on towards the end of the season as he had three, 100-yard or better receiving performances in his last six games, including a career-high 144 yards against Missouri S&T (Nov. 12). Powell also had a one-handed catch which garnered national attention on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day in a thrilling 24-19 win over Southern Utah on Dakota Days (Oct. 8)...Earned team Offensive Player of the Week honors twice last season...Ranks sixth all-time in reception yards with 1,896 and sixth in pass receptions with 103 heading into his senior season...Tied for the school record with 19 touchdown receptions (Dan Skelly, 2005-2009).
2010 Earned second-team All-GWC honors...started 10 games at wide receiver...led the Coyotes in receptions (47), receiving yards (933) and receiving touchdowns (10)...averaged 19.9 yards per catch and 84.8 yards per game...top performance was eight catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns at Minnesota...also posted 168 yards and two touchdowns against Cal Poly...notched more than 100 receiving yards four times...his 933 receiving yards were third on USD's single-season charts, his 47 catches were fifth and his 10 touchdowns were second...finished fifth in the GWC in receptions per game (4.3), second in receiving yards per game (84.8) and seventh in scoring (5.5 ppg)...ranked 17th in the FCS in receiving yards per game...named USD's Most Valuable Player...named USD's Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season...earned Academic All-Great West honors for Fall 2010.
2009 Appeared in the final eight games as a wide receiver and defense back, including making starts against Montana State and Cal Poly on offense...also played on special teams...finished the season with 14 catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns...posted a season-high four catches for 92 yards and one touchdown against Cal Poly...earned 15 tackles, one pass breakup and a forced fumble...notched a season-high four tackles twice (Southeastern Louisiana and Northern Colorado)...an integral part of a USD offense that averaged 460 yards per game (4th in the nation) and 258 passing yards per game (16th in the nation).
Prep Caught 26 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 642 yards as a senior at O'Gorman High School...also had 37 tackles and three interceptions at safety...named to the Argus Leader Elite 45 team...also named to the All-Greater Dakota Conference first team...named to Class 11AA All-State team as a defensive back.
Personal Son of C.O. and Mary Powell...Finance major with a minor in Spanish.