Murray State wide receiver/return specialist Walter Powell put together one of the most electrifying season’s in Racer football history, and for his efforts, the junior was named a FCS First-Team All-America by The Sports Network as an all-purpose selection. Also, quarterback Casey Brockman was named the third-team quarterback.
The awards are not the first for the duo as Powell was a third-team selection as a wide receiver and punt returner by College Sports Madness, while Brockman was selected as the third-team quarterback. Beyond College Sports Network named Powell a third-teamer as a punt returner and Brockman a third-team selection at quarterback.
Powell (St. Louis, Mo.) finished the season by ranking second in the FCS in all-purpose yards, averaging 193.0 per game. As a punt returner, Powell averaged 15.8 yards per return, including touchdown returns of 70 and 100 yards. He also averaged 26.3 yards on 23 kickoff returns.
As a receiver, Powell set new school records for receptions and yards as he hauled in 94 catches for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns. He set a school record with six 100-yard receiving performances, and caught at least one touchdown in six of the final seven games.
Powell had at least 200 all-purpose yards in six games, including amassing 302 all-purpose yards in the season finale against Southeast Missouri. He had four catches for 51 yards and touchdown, while adding 134 yards on three kickoff returns and 117 yards on a pair of punt returns. He got off to a fast start as he returned his first kickoff 83 yards to set up the Racers first touchdown. He later set an FCS record by returning a punt 100 yards for a touchdown.
Brockman (Murray, Ky.) closed out his career by re-writing the school record books. He finished the year by going 359-for-517 for 3,729 yards and 28 touchdowns. He set new school records for attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns, while setting new OVC records for attempts and completions. He tossed for at least 300 yards in seven games, including going over 400 yards four times. He threw at least two touchdown passes in eight of the 11 games.
Against UT Martin, Brockman went 45-for-67 for 537 yards and eight touchdowns. He tied the school and conference record for completions, while establishing a new mark for touchdown passes. Brockman now owns the OVC single-game records for completions, yards and touchdowns.
Story courtesy of Sports Information