October 30, 2014

Powell finds ‘niche’ on Ohio University football team

Lucas Powell (54) centers the football for the Ohio University Bobcats in Mid America Conference Division NCAA division 1 action last season. The former GEHS football standout is challenging for the number one center position in spring training drills. Photo courtesy of Deb Powell
Lucas Powell (54) centers the football for the Ohio University Bobcats in Mid America Conference Division NCAA division 1 action last season. The former GEHS football standout is challenging for the number one center position in spring training drills. Photo courtesy of Deb Powell

Lucas Powell (54) centers the football for the Ohio University Bobcats in Mid America Conference Division NCAA division 1 action last season. The former GEHS football standout is challenging for the number one center position in spring training drills. Photo courtesy of Deb Powell

After a stellar football career at Gardner Edgerton High School, Lucas Powell is making his mark as a member of the Ohio University team.
A 2011 GEHS grad, Powell is challenging for the number one center position for the NCAA Division 1 Bobcats. At 6-foot, 4-inches and 295 pounds, Powell is making his presence known on the offensive line and has adapted well to the college game.
“The difference between the high school and college game is night and day,” said Powell, a sports management major.  “The college game is so much more physical and a quicker pace.  It’s been a challenge but I’ve real happy with my college choice and how things have worked out.”
At GEHS, Powell teamed with Bubba Starling and helped the Blazers to State 5A titles runs in 2010-2011. His performance earned a scholarship with the Bobcats.
“I really like Head Coach Frank Solich and the staff at Ohio,” added Powell. “I’ve learned  a lot and made improvement. It has been fun”
Powell has made a smooth transition to the college game. He earned significant playing time  last season helping the Bobcats to a top Mid- America Conference placing a  victory over Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl.  He hopes to help Ohio win a league title and make a repeat bowl appearance.
Powell has been busy participating in a rugged three-a-day spring training camp. Workouts involve intense weight lifting , running and technique drills. The drills culminate with the annual Spring inter-squad game April 13.
“ I hope to play well in the spring game,” said Powell. “I feel good about my improvement and place on the team.”
Ohio University is located in Athens and is a Division 1 NCAA school. It participates in the Mid-America Conference.
Lucas is the son of Kit and Debbie Powell of Edgerton.

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