Duke Football BIO
28 Shaquille Powell
2013: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award which is presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player, and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... played in all 14 games ... rushed 62 times for 344 (5.55) yards and two TDs while catching eight passes for 90 yards (11.25) and one TD ... had 25+ yards in seven games including a season-high 59 yards on seven attempts in the win over Miami ... added a 33-yard TD run against the Hurricanes, a jaunt that came on 4th-and-1 with Duke ahead, 38-30, with less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth period ... earlier in the contest, hauled in a 22-yard TD pass from Brandon Connette to give Duke a 17-14 lead in the second quarter ... first collegiate TD came on a 7-yard run against Navy ... rushed nine times for a team-high 57 yards in the win at North Carolina as Duke clinched the ACC Coastal Division championship with a 27-25 victory ... had eight carries for a team-leading 44 yards in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship game versus Florida State ... credited for eight tackles on special teams ... on the field for 444 snaps.
2012: Played in all 13 games ... rushed 28 times for 93 yards (3.32) while catching one pass for four yards (4.00) ... season-bests of 10 attempts for 38 yards came versus Clemson ... credited for six tackles on special teams ... on the field for 271 total snaps.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Bishop Gorman under coach Tony Sanchez ... helped Bishop Gorman to a three-year record of 42-4 with three Nevada 4A state championships ... listed as the No. 6 all-purpose running back in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 12 all-purpose running back in the nation by 247Sports.com ... selected to the 2012 PARADE All-America team ... honorable mention All-America selection by SI.com as a senior ... named Nevada’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 ... selected as the 2011 Nevada 4A Player of the Year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal ... earned Nevada Sunset Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior ... as a senior, rushed for 2,458 yards with 44 total TDs (40 rushing) as Bishop Gorman went 15-1, captured its third consecutive state title and closed the year ranked No. 5 in the final USA Today national poll ... despite missing five games due to injury, rushed for 1,394 yards and 17 TDs in junior campaign ... scored four TDs while topping the 100-yard barrier on the ground in Bishop Gorman’s 72-28 win over Reed High School in the Nevada state 4A championship game on December 3, 2011 ... rushed for 1,555 yards and 29 TDs as a sophomore ... for prep career, rushed 473 times for 5,407 yards, averaging 11.4 yards per attempt, with 94 total TDs ... three-time all-state and all-conference selection ... also lettered in track and field.
PERSONAL: Son of Skarlet Forwood ... cousin, Sultan Abdul-Malik, lettered four seasons (1997-98-99-00) as a defensive end and linebacker at Southern California ... cousin, J.P. Howell, lettered two seasons (2003-04) in baseball at Texas, twice earned All-America honors as a pitcher while helping the Longhorns to an 108-35 two-year record with two appearances in the College World Series, was a first round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 2004 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and helped the Tampa Bay Rays to the 2008 American League championship ... high school teammate of current Duke wide receiver Ryan Smith ... born December 31, 1993 ... majoring in psychology while minoring in evolutionary anthropology ... also pursuing a certificate in markets and management.