Duke Football BIO
28 Shaquille Powell
2015: Returning starting running back ... candidate for the Doak Walker Award, an honor presented annually to the premier running back in the nation by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum ... in 39 career games (11 starts), has rushed 224 times for 1,055 yards (4.71) and four TDs while catching 27 passes for 248 yards (9.19) and two TDs ... has returned seven kickoff for 131 yards (18.71) ... has amassed 1,434 all-purpose yards ... has rushed for 25+ yards in 18 career games including a personal-best 117 on 29 carries versus Arizona State in 2014 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl ... has rushed for 50+ yards in eight career games ... has caught 2+ passes in seven career games including a personal-high four receptions against Pittsburgh in 2014 ... on Duke’s all-time charts, ranks 11th in average yards per rushing attempt and 40th in rushing yards ... among active players in the ACC, ranks fifth in rushing attempts, fifth in receiving yards by a RB, eighth in rushing yards and 15th in rushing yards per attempt ... enters the season 445 yards shy of becoming the 19th player in Duke history to reach the 1,500-yard plateau on the ground ... teams with Jela Duncan (1,115) and Shaun Wilson (598) to give the Blue Devils three running backs with 500+ career ground yards ... the trio enters the 2015 campaign with a combined 524 rushing attempts for 2,768 yards (5.28) and 16 TDs ... pairs with Duncan to give Duke the ACC’s only active RB tandem with 1,000+ career rushing yards each ... joins Florida State’s Dalvin Cook as the only two returning RBs in the ACC to have amassed 600+ rushing yards and 150+ receiving yards a season ago ... pairs with Wilson to provide Duke with one of two returning RB duos in the ACC to have rushed for 500+ yards each in 2014, joining N.C. State’s tandem of Shadrach Thornton (907) and Matt Dayes (573) ... holds Duke bowl game record for rushing attempts with 29 carries versus Arizona State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 27, 2014 ... one of five RBs in Duke history to rush for 100+ yards in a bowl game, joining George Clark, Tom Davis, Steve Lach and Josh Snead (twice) ... has lost one fumble in 258 career touches ... has contributed 19 tackles on special teams ... has played 1,157 career snaps ... two-time Academic All-ACC selection.
2014: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Frances Cutcliffe Spirit of Perseverance Award, an honor is presented annually to the player who best displays the toughness and perseverance to overcome challenges and continue to strive for victory ... played in 12 games with 11 starting assignments ... missed the Georgia Tech game due to injury ... rushed 134 times for 618 yards (4.61) and two TDs while catching 18 passes for 154 yards (8.56) and one TD ... returned one kickoff for 15 yards (15.00) ... did not lose a fumble in 153 total touches ... led Duke in rushing yardage, spearheading an offensive unit that boasted three backs with 400+ yards and five players with 2+ rushing TDs ... helped the Blue Devils average 181.85 rushing yards per game, marking the program’s highest total since gaining 198.64 yards per contest in 1977 ... gained 25+ rushing yards in 10 games including a season-high 117 yards on 29 carries against Arizona State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl ... against the Sun Devils, established Duke bowl game record for rushing attempts while the rushing yardage total marked the third-highest bowl game performance in school history, trailing only outings by Steve Lach (124 yards vs. Oregon State in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1942) and George Clark (123 yards vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1945) ... became the 43rd player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau on the ground with a five-yard gain midway through the third quarter of the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Arizona State ... other top outings came against Miami (8-58), Virginia (11-68), Syracuse (17-68) and Wake Forest (16-63) ... scored single-game rushing TDs versus Elon and Miami ... with Shaun Wilson (598), formed the 13th duo in Duke history to post 500+ rushing yards each in a single season ... had 2+ pass receptions in five games including a season-high four catches at Pittsburgh ... logged a season-high 52 receiving yards including lone TD grab against Arizona State ... lone kickoff return of the season covered 15 yards at Syracuse ... credited for two tackles on special teams ... on the field for 442 total snaps.
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 ... returned six kickoffs for 116 yards (19.33) ... 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 ... 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 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.