Linebacker Jake Powers participated in all 11 games for IU in 2005. Powers' accounted for six tackles and five solos during his best contest of the campaign at Michigan on Nov. 12. He also registered a trio of takedowns against Minnesota on Nov. 5. Overall, Powers tallied 17 tackles with 11 of the solo variety in 2005.
Powers played in all 11 games for the Hoosiers in 2004, starting five at his linebacker position. He had five solo tackles and a pass breakup in the first game of the season against Central Michigan and backed that up with five total tackles (three solo and two assists) and a pass deflection as the Hoosiers defeated then-No. 24 Oregon. Powers had two tackles and his first career forced fumble at home versus Michigan State. In his third start of the year, he posted four total tackles, at Ohio State.
The Danville, Ind., native was one of 12 true freshmen to see action for Indiana in 2003, starting five of the 11 games in which he played and earning Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors by The Sporting News.
He was one of five true freshmen to play at least 350 snaps in 2003, finishing with 363. Powers made the first start of his career against Ohio State and responded with a career-high 13 tackles (11 solo). He averaged over five tackles in each of the next four games, including seven stops in the regular season finale against Purdue.
He was tabbed by The Indianapolis Star as a position award winner at linebacker and was the Star West Co-Player of the Year. Powers also was a Top 33 selection by the Bloomington Herald-Times, won the Mr. Football Linebacker Award and was named all-state, all-county and Metro Player of the Year. Powers was tabbed as the seventh-best player coming out of the state of Indiana by TheInsiders.com. In addition, he earned PrepStar All-Region recognition and was one of three incoming players ranked among the top-nine players in the state, according to the web site.
He recorded 118 tackles with 19 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Powers also played running back, and as a senior, he rushed for 1,060 yards on 139 carries. He caught eight balls for 133 yards.
Born on Aug. 10, 1984, Powers is majoring in telecommunications.
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