Part of teams that earned five ACC titles, five College Football Playoff berths, three national title game berths and two national championships from 2016-20 … committed five-year member of the program whose emergence as a fifth-year senior was one of the dominating storylines of 2020 … after entering 2020 with 40 career receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns from 2016-19, he finished his tenure with 93 receptions for 1,211 yards and 10 touchdown catches in 1,207 snaps over 54 career games (12 starts) after a career year in 2020 … also posted eight career kickoff returns for 197 yards.
Talk about a breakout year for @CornellPowell17 ‼️ pic.twitter.com/RUQyyzcPhw— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) February 17, 2021
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— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) February 17, 2021
2020: Recorded career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (882), receiving touchdowns (seven), snaps (630) and starts (12) … his seven receiving touchdowns were tied with Amari Rodgers for the team lead … third-team All-ACC pick … caught two passes for 15 yards at Wake Forest … gained 25 yards on two catches vs. The Citadel … caught two passes for five yards vs. Virginia … gained 12 yards on two receptions vs. No. 7 Miami … recorded 50 yards and a touchdown on four receptions at Georgia Tech … caught two passes for 45 yards including a touchdown reception on the game’s opening drive vs. Syracuse … recorded a career-high 11 catches for a career-high 105 receiving yards in sharing team offensive player of the game honors vs. Boston College, as his 11 receptions tied for 10th-most in a game in school history … shared team offensive player of the game honors after posting six receptions for a then-career-high 161 yards at No. 4 Notre Dame, marking his first time recording 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games in his career … recorded six receptions for a career-high 176 receiving yards vs. Pitt, earning ACC Receiver of the Week and team offensive player of the game honors after notching his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game to tie a school record shared by Charlie Waters (1969), Tony Horne (1997), Rod Gardner (2000), DeAndre Hopkins (2012) and Sammy Watkins (2013) … became only the third Clemson player ever to record back-to-back 150-yard receiving games, joining DeAndre Hopkins in 2012 and Sammy Watkins in 2013 … registered 90 yards and a touchdown on four receptions at Virginia Tech, including a 65-yard touchdown reception … caught four passes for 59 yards in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … led all players in Sugar Bowl with 139 receiving yards vs. No. 3 Ohio State, finishing the contest with two receiving touchdowns among his eight receptions … the 100-yard receiving game vs. the Buckeyes was his team-high fourth of the season, and his two touchdown receptions tied a Clemson bowl record set many times, including most recently by Travis Etienne in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.
2019: Recorded 15 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns in 208 snaps over 15 games … caught a 13-yard pass vs. Georgia Tech and a two-yard pass vs. No. 12 Texas A&M … recorded his second career touchdown reception on a two-yard pass vs. Charlotte … added a reception at North Carolina … made two catches for seven yards vs. Florida State … recorded a 10-yard touchdown reception at Louisville … gained 25 yards on two catches vs. Boston College … hauled in three receptions for 46 yards vs. Wofford … caught a four-yard pass at NC State … gained 14 yards on two receptions at South Carolina.
2018: Recorded five catches for 63 yards in 65 snaps and averaged 29.2 yards on four kickoff returns in four games prior to redshirting … made a 42-yard catch in season debut vs. Furman while also contributing a 43-yard kickoff return … collected three catches for 17 yards and averaged 29.0 yards on two kickoff returns at Georgia Tech.
2017: Had eight receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in 149 snaps over 14 games … had three kickoff returns for 65 yards … had a 14-yard reception and a 22-yard kickoff return against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had two receptions for 15 yards against Wake Forest on Oct. 7; named team special teams player-of-the-game … had a 22-yard kickoff return against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.
2016: Had 12 receptions for 87 yards (nine games) … appeared in first collegiate game against Troy, recording a five-yard reception in 19 snaps … caught three passes in 42 snaps against SC State … snagged five passes for 44 yards at Georgia Tech in big road win … caught two balls for 15 yards at Boston College … saw six snaps at Wake Forest … had 11-yard reception in 24 snaps versus South Carolina.
Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 36 overall player in the nation by Rivals … fourth-best player in the state of North Carolina … rated No. 153 overall by Prep Stars … had outstanding game in the Shrine Bowl for North Carolina with 264 all-purpose yards and two scores … had 4-54 receiving and a touchdown, and had 4-203 on kickoff returns, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown … that was no surprise to anyone as Powell had a touchdown on a kickoff return in each of the first three games of the 2015 season … had incredible senior year, leading Rose High school to a 12-3 record and berth in the state championship … had 65 receptions for 1557 yards and 25 touchdowns … that is an average of 24 yards per catch … also had 23 rushes for 249 yards and five scores, he averaged 11 yards per rush … in terms of returns, had 21 kickoff returns for 754 yards and four scores, a 36-yard average … had 10 punt returns for 353 yards and four scores, a 35.3 average … overall, had 38 touchdowns in 2015, 25 receiving, five rushing, and eight on kick returns … first-team all-state as a junior and senior … had 67 receptions for 1248 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2014 … added 14-445 yards on kickoff returns for a 32-yard average … had 23 total touchdowns … in 2013, he had 47 catches for 1,228 yards and 21 touchdowns … had 24 total touchdowns … for his career, had 203 receptions for his 52 games for 4,301 yards and 68 touchdowns … had 110 rushes for 828 yards and 13 touchdowns, he averaged 7.5 yards per rush … had 1,200 kickoff return yards and 353 punt return yards … was also a four-year letterman in basketball … averaged 15 points per game as a freshman, 20.4 as a sophomore and 17.1 as a junior … 55 percent field goal shooter for his career, while averaging 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game … had 1,310 career points and 604 career rebounds … played his high school football for David Wojtecki … recruited by Dan Brooks and Jeff Scott.
Personal: Born Oct. 30, 1997 … earned degree in management in December 2020 … completed microinternship with WH Trucking in 2018.