Murray State two-time All-America Walter Powell became the first Racer wide receiver drafted when the Arizona Cardinals took him in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
The St. Louis, Missouri, native became the second Racer to be drafted in the last five seasons. Defensive end Austen Lane was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010. He is also the fourth highest draft pick in MSU history.
Powell finished 17th in the voting for the 2013 Walter Payton Award. He appeared in 10 games during the season, finishing with 66 catches for 837 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also averaged 11.6 yards on 16 punt returns, and 31.5 yards on 11 kickoff returns. He returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown during the season.
He caught at least one touchdown in seven games, while also posting three 100-yard receiving games. He had a breakout game against Missouri State as he hauled in 11 passes for 155 yards and a career-best four touchdowns. He also returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
In a victory over Tennessee Tech, Powell caught eight passes for 177 yards and two scores. He also added an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Powell set a career high with 15 receptions against Southeast Missouri, falling just one reception shy of the MSU single-game record set by Harvey Tanner in 1967.
Powell closed out his standout career as the Racers all-time leader in receiving yards, touchdowns and 100-yard games, while ranking second in catches. In 43 games, he recorded 208 receptions for 2,650 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also finished with 10 100-yard receiving performances.
Murray State Top Draft Picks
DE Austen Lane 2010 5th Round 153rd Pick
TE Keith Lester 1985 6th Round 154th Pick
QB Mike Cherry 1997 6th Round 171st Pick
WR Walter Powell 2014 6th Round 196th Pick
From: MSU media relations
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