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Powell will walk on at Indiana State

Photo by B.J. Hargis: Sullivan senior Trey Powell.

One of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the Sullivan High School football program has decided to continue his career as a student-athlete locally.
Honor student Trey Powell will be a preferred walk-on at Indiana State University.
“It is great news for Sullivan football to get a kid playing college football so close to home,” said SHS coach Trent Olson. “I suspect there will be a few Purple and Gold tees in the stands up there in the next few years.
“I have to go buy a Sycamore football shirt now.”
Preferred walk-on means that Powell will have a spot on the Sycamores roster come fall 2017, playing for new ISU coach Curt Mallory.
“I really think he has a great chance to develop as a QB there,” said Olson. “He will get some outstanding coaching from the new staff and fully concentrate on football as his three-sport days are coming to an end at SHS.”
Olson said that Powell understands what lies ahead.
“The biggest thing I am excited about is that he fully understands this is his biggest football challenge ever,” said Olson. “It will be a chance for him to step up to the big time.
“The Missouri Valley Conference is like the SEC of that level of football. I like the fact that he is not shying away from it though, and going to embrace the competition and see what he can do.”
Powell led the Golden Arrows to a 10-win season and the Western Indiana Conference championship in 2016. The Arrows advanced to the sectional championship game for just the second time in school history.
As a senior, besides winning the coveted Adam Sajko Award and team MVP, Powell set passing records for yards in a game (505), TDs in a game (seven), yards in a season (3,197), TDs in a season (37), career passing attempts (815), career completions (508), career yards (7,313) and career TDs (80).
 Before Powell, who was all-WIC and IBCA honorable mention academic All-State in basketball, begins his football career at Indiana State, he will be participating in the annual Indiana North-South All-Star game. It is set for 7 p.m. July 14 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.
“I am very happy to see him get the chance to participate in that game,” Olson said. “Not very many from the Wabash Valley have ever even had the opportunity to play in this game.
“I think it is great for small-school kids to get a chance to compete with the big school athletes in a setting like this. It is a fun event that will allow him to meet guys that are going on to play at the collegiate level all over the nation. It will be something he will remember for the the rest of his life.”
Olson added that his wishes Trey nothing but the best and looks forward to seeing him in uniform on a Saturday this fall.

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