IU’s Powell receives sixth year of eligibility

Indiana offensive lineman Dylan Powell announced Monday that the NCAA has approved his waiver for a sixth year of eligibility.

Powell, a grad transfer from Stanford, sat out the 2019 season with a labrum tear. He also redshirted his freshman season in 2016, which made him eligible to seek a sixth year.

When the Hoosier coaching staff recruited Powell, they expected to have him for the next two years.

Powell should help the Hoosiers solidify the interior of their offensive line over the next two seasons, especially following the graduation of center Hunter Littlejohn and guard Simon Stepaniak from the 2019 roster.

In the spring, the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder from Hannibal, Mo., was practicing at guard, but he also has the ability to play center. Rising senior Harry Crider, who played left guard last season, can also play center.

In 2018, Powell started three games for the Cardinal and appeared in 11 total, playing both guard and center.

Powell arrived at IU in January weighing 290 pounds and has since built himself up to over 300 pounds. He said in February that his goal was to hit 315 pounds before the start of the 2020 season.

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  1. I must confess that I forgot about Dylan Powell being on the team. But I’m glad to know he is now healthy and that IU will have his services for the next two seasons. If he gets to 315 lbs., given his maturity and experience, he should be an important part of the O-line.

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