Jemeel Powell
Jemeel Powell

Player Profile

Los Angeles, CA

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 190




A multi-talented performer who is back playing with the confidence that made him one of the top cornerbacks and return men in the Pac-10 two years ago ... enters the fall in full health after being plagued by hamstring injuries last fall ... has all the tools to be a special player for the Bears ... runs a 4.4 in the 40 ... an outstanding punt returner who set a school record with an average of 18.2 yards per return in 2000 (5th in the NCAA) ... also led the Bears in interceptions (4) and pass deflections (school-record 16) that season ... 2001 ... never seemed to get on track due to groin and hamstring problems ... missed four games during the year and all of spring practice in '01 ... recorded five tackles in a game twice, at Washington State and vs. Arizona ... also intercepted a pass against the Wildcats ... returned 13 punts for 117 yards, including a long of 21 yards vs. Washington ... 2000 ... earned second team All-Pac-10 honors as a return specialist and was an honorable mention pick at cornerback ... registered four interceptions on the year, including three that played critical roles in wins over Utah, UCLA and USC ... against Utah, picked off a pass in the corner of the end zone at the end of the first half to stop a Ute threat to take the halftime lead ... in the third overtime vs. UCLA, out-jumped Bruin receiver Brian Poli-Dixon for an interception in the end zone to give Cal the victory ... finally, his fourth quarter interception at USC prevented any Trojan comeback attempt and helped preserve a Cal win ... earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the USC game as he also returned four punts for 138 yards, including one for 83 yards and a touchdown (fourth-longest in school history) ... in addition to the USC game, also returned two punts for 60 yards vs. Oregon State ... finished the year with 16 passes defensed despite missing two games (WSU, ASU) and all but a few plays of a third (Fresno State) with an injured hip flexor ... deflected three passes vs. UCLA, Washington and USC and had four passes defensed vs. Oregon State ... 1999 ... saw action in the Rutgers opener with one unassisted stop ... pulled a groin in that game and missed the next four contests ... came back from injury as a receiver and made some impressive blocks in helping Cal to 248 rushing yards at UCLA ... had a career-long 23-yard catch at Oregon State ... also had a 19-yard catch vs. Washington to the Husky 1-yard-line to set up a TD and a 14-10 Cal lead in the first quarter ... finished the year with those two catches for 42 yards ... 1998 ... redshirted while working on the scout team.

High School/Personal: Had six interceptions his senior season at Serra HS to go along with 59 tackles ... returned four kicks for touchdowns (two punts and two kickoff returns) ... also a fine sprinter on prep track team ... sociology major ... uncle is former Cal teammate Damien Marzett ... born Aug. 29, 1980.

Powell's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1999 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2000 26 8 34 1-9 1-9 4 16 2001 13 2 15 0-0 0-0 1 3 Totals 41 11 52 1-9 1-9 5 19

Year PR Yds Avg TD Long 1999 0 0 0.0 0 0 2000 12 218 18.2 1 83 2001 13 117 9.0 0 21 Totals 25 335 13.4 1 83