Powell Named a Candidate for Rudy Award

William Powell

Dec. 2, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State running back/kick returner William Powell is one of 55 players nationally and five from the Big 12 Conference to be named a candidate for the Rudy Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams, the Rudy Foundation has announced.

Powell, who was a first team all-conference pick by the Big 12 coaches, has led the nation in kick returns for a majority of the 2010 season and currently ranks second with a kickoff return average of 34.6 yards, thanks in part to four returns covering more than 50 yards, including a 100-yarder at Baylor and a 62-yarder against Texas. His average is 0.2 yards per return shy of the Big 12 record of 34.8 by Oklahoma State’s Chris Massey in 2001.

A native of Duncanville, Texas, Powell also has averaged 10.9 yards per carry at running back and has scored four touchdowns on just 23 carries.

Powell, who transferred to K-State in 2009 from Navarro Junior College, began his Wildcat career as a walk-on before earning a scholarship just days prior to this season’s game with Iowa State at Arrowhead Stadium. He would go on to earn Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week following the win over the Cyclones after averaging 30 yards on four kick returns.

Three finalists for the award will be chosen by the Selection Committee, as well as through fan voting, and honored at the Priority Payment Systems Awards Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Convention on January 11, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas, Texas. Rudy Ruettiger will personally present the awards.

Fans may cast their vote for the award by visiting www.CollegeRudyAwards.com.

The 2010 Award Selection Committee includes football coaches Barry Alvarez, David Bailiff, Gary Barnett, Fisher DeBerry, Dennis Franchione, June Jones, Chuck Knox, Gary Patterson, Buddy Pough, Jackie Sherrill and Dick Tomey, as well as former Washington Redskins Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams.

Kansas State (7-5) is bowl-eligible for the 12th time under head coach Bill Snyder and first since a 2006 berth in the Texas Bowl. The Wildcats will learn their 2010 bowl destination on Sunday.