NMSU Football BIO
31 Alphonso Powell

2009 (Junior): Powell was the Aggies’ starting strong safety in all 13 games in 2009. Powell recorded 72 tackles on the season, which was fifth on the team. He also tallied three tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception, one quarterback hurry and three pass break-ups. In the Aggies’ first game of the season against Idaho (9/5), Powell tallied seven tackles. Against I-10 rival UTEP (9/19), Powell had eight tackles and his first career sack. Versus Utah State (10/10), Powell posted a career-high 12 tackles. His two pass break-ups on the season came at Louisiana Tech (10/17). His first career interception was grabbed against Prairie View A&M (9/12). In the Aggies’ final game of the season at Boise State (12/5), Powell recorded eight tackles.

2008 (Sophomore): Powell started in all 12 games as a defensive back and on special teams for the Aggies last season.  He ranked fifth on the team and 19th in the WAC in tackles with 71, recorded a pair of interceptions for 29 yards and had three pass-breakups.  Against New Mexico (9/27), Powell collected a season-high 14 tackles.  He also recorded seven tackles against San Jose State (10/18), No. 5 Boise State (11/1) and Hawai’i (11/8).  Versus Idaho (10/25), Powell had one interception for 29 yards.

2007 (Freshman): Powell played in 12 games for the Aggies at the defensive back position and on special teams. On the season, Powell collected eight tackles and one pass break-up during the season. Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Powell tallied a season-high two tackles. He collected six games with at least one tackle.

High School: Powell played both cornerback and wide receiver for the Copperas Cove Bulldogs. As a senior, Powell spent most of his time at cornerback, tallying 48 tackles, six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns and recovering two fumbles. As a wide receiver, Powell caught nine passes and scored seven touchdowns. He helped his team to the state quarterfinals in Division 13-5A, while also winning the district championship, as the Bulldogs posted a 13-1 record. Powell was named an all-district and all-state selection his senior season. As a junior, Powell helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs. He was named to the all-district team, while earning an all-state honorable mention spot. He recorded 34 catches and 12 touchdowns at the wide receiver spot. As a sophomore, Powell caught 29 passes and four touchdowns, earning all-district honors.
Personal: Powell is the son of Alphonso Sr. and Doria Powell. He is majoring in accounting.

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 182
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Copperas Cove, Texas
High School: Copperas Cove HS
Experience: High School

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