84 Craig Powell

Craig Powell Ohio State
usaUnited States
Youngstown, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Post-OSU Update: Craig Powell was the 30th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Powell only played 14 games across three seasons, compiling two tackles. He resurfaced in 2001 to play a season in the XFL. (Updated: 2021)

Major: Economics (1994), Art and Sciences (1993), Undecided (1991-92)

Weight: 227 (1992-94), 220 (1991)

1994 Media Guide: One of the Buckeyes’ defensive standouts … in his second year as a starter on the outside … runs a legit 4.4 forty (electronically timed) and is one the fastest linebackers in college football … got the attention of the national media last year, when he came from across the field to run down Washington’s speedy Beno Bryant, almost certainly saving a touchdown … also hits with authority and has great instincts …. finished last year with 87 tackles (second on the team) … his totals included six tackles for losses, four sacks, and three passes broken up … improved with each outing and should be a candidate for postseason honors in 1994 … honorable mention all-league last year.

1993: Started all 12 games and played 258 minutes … had a career-high 13 tackles against Michigan, 12 against Michigan State and 11 against Penn State … also had an interception and a fumble recovery against the Nittany Lions … key 10-yard sack against BYU.

1993 Media Guide: Will be in his second year as a starter on the outside … normally lines up on the split end side of the formation … an undeniable talent, whose only shortcoming is inexperience … one of the fastest players on the team … has demonstrated a penchant for being around the ball and is equally adept at covering either the run or the pass … became a starter last year as a redshirt freshman after Brent Johnson broke his leg against Bowling Green … started eight of the next 10 games (did not start the Northwestern and Minnesota games because OSU opened with five defensive backs) and wound up the year with 47 tackles … finished the year on a strong note with 19 tackles in the last three games, including a career-best seven against Indiana … jarring hits resulted in fumbles against Bowling Green, Syracuse and Iowa also plays on the kickoff team … has the potential to be the Buckeyes” next great linebacker.

1992 Media Guide: A highly-regarded player, who was redshirted last year … will play behind Mark Williams at Buck (drop side) this year and is expected to see extensive action … rangy athlete with speed and mobility … very coachable, understands the game and has the potential to someday become a real impact player for the Buckeyes … has the frame to carry additional weight and the coaches would like to see him play around 240 pounds.

1991 Media Guide: Has all the tools to become an outstanding collegiate player … Has outstanding size, strength and speed … A Parade Magazine All-American and second team All-America selection by USA Today on defense … A first team Division II all-Ohio pick at linebacker and the Northeast Ohio Inland District Division Il Lineman of the Year … Also was an outstanding tight end in high school who has good hands and is an outstanding blocker … Had 118 total tackles and nine quarterback sacks as a senior … Caught 23 passes for 24/ yards … As a junior, made 80 tackles with 11 sacks and caught 11 passes for nearly 300 yards … Also played basketball and ran track … Grew up with fellow Buckeye freshman DeWayne Carter in Youngstown … High school teammate Pat Humphrey signed with Michigan State .. Prep coach was John Turco … Born 11-13-71.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlk
1991Ohio State000000000000000
1992Ohio State1264730170000200010
1993Ohio State1212875037636426221-231
1994Ohio State1313714328835213320021