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Juco wide receiver commits to Iowa

BY SAM LOUWAGIE | DECEMBER 11, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa football team brought in some junior-college help at wide receiver on Sunday when Damond Powell committed to the team.

“Im [sic] committed to Iowa!!! Lets go hawks,” the receiver tweeted Sunday morning.

Powell is a 5-11, 175-pound speedster from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. According to njcaa.com, he caught 41 passes for 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns this past season. That average of 30 yards per catch indicates a big-play ability that Iowa desperately needs — the Hawkeyes’ leading receivers in 2012, Kevonte Martin-Manley and Keenan Davis, averaged just 11 and 12 yards per catch respectively.

Powell, a native of Toledo, Ohio, reportedly also had interest from Ohio. But a visit to Iowa City on Dec. 7 persuaded him to commit to Iowa. He could have a chance to make an impact in the passing game immediately; Davis will graduate this year, leaving Martin-Manley as the top returner with 52 catches this past season. Jordan Cotton is next among returning receivers, with 12 receptions in 2012.


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