By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD – Ole Miss senior defensive tackle Jerrell Powe announced Saturday that he will not seek an additional year of eligibility and will enter the upcoming 2011 National Football League Draft.
“I have struggled for a long time about this decision, but in the end, it’s time for me to move on,” said Powe. “I really appreciate everything Ole Miss has done for me. I plan on coming back and supporting my school and my team for the rest of my life. I am in my prime right now and I feel it is in my best interest to start using my ability to earn a living for me and my family.
“I am very thankful to the Ole Miss family, the coaching staff and my teammates for the support I have been shown these past few years.”
“I really appreciate what Jerrell Powe has done for this program, in particular the want he showed to be an Ole Miss Rebel,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. “He displayed tremendous work ethic and dedication in the face of adversity. He is really close to graduation, and I hope he reaches that goal. We wish him the best in the NFL Draft.”
Powe just concluded his third season of competition with the Rebel football squad and is in his fourth year as an Ole Miss student.
A native of Waynesboro, Miss., Powe garnered second team All-SEC honors in 2009 and 2010. He missed only one game in his three seasons in the Red and Blue and started 22 of 25 games the past two years. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder piled up 69 total tackles, 24 TFLs and seven sacks over his career.