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Playbook work paying off for Damond Powell

[ 0 ] September 28, 2013 |

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For Damond Powell, the playbook cramming is paying off.

The junior receiver produced one of Iowa’s signature plays in Saturday’s 23-7 win over Minnesota, when he took a short pass from quarterback Jake Rudock and sprinted 74 yards for a touchdown.

“It was a great play call,” Powell said. “All the credit goes out to my offensive line and (fellow receiver) Tevaun Smith.

“They made a great block for me, and then, all I saw was daylight.”

Powell’s first touchdown gave Iowa a 17-0 lead just before halftime.

It was a nice reward for a junior college transfer who devoted himself to learning the Hawkeyes’ offense after arriving in early August.

“It was tough at first,” Powell said. “But we have great coaches here and they walked me through everything, talked over the basics with me.

“Now, I’m comfortable.”

Powell drew attention with his speed. He showed glimpses of his pass-catching ability last week against Western Michigan, hauling in a 54-yard toss from backup quarterback C.J. Beathard.

He hopes to add to his growing list of highlights in coming weeks.

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Iowa’s Damond Powell (No. 22) celebrates in the Minnesota endzone after scoring on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

“You’ve got to trust your coaching staff,” Powell said. “I trust them, and they’ve been doing a great job with me.

“Whenever they call my number, I have to make that play. If not, I have to block and make a play for my teammates.”

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