DES MOINES – Iowa Barnstormers quarterback Drew Powell has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), the team announced today.
Powell (6-3, 220, Livingstone College) joined the Iowa Barnstormers in 2018 for his second season with the Indoor Football League (IFL). Powell appeared in 12 games during the regular season where he completed 154 of 226 passing attempts for 34 touchdowns and collected 23 rushing touchdowns. Powell led the team all the way to a United Bowl victory, giving the Barnstormers their first Championship title.
Following the 2018 season, Powell was named First Team All-IFL quarterback and also earned league honors as IFL MVP.
"I'm so happy for Drew," said Coach Wooten. "He came in and did all the right things. He worked hard and dominated every time he touched the field. He deserves to be in the CFL because of everything he puts in to be great."
This isn't Powell's first experience with the CFL. Powell missed two games with the Barnstormers during the 2018 season after earning the opportunity to tryout with the Roughriders at defensive back. Powell left an impact, having the coaches take a look at him again in the off-season and ultimately signing him as a quarterback.
Coach Wooten shared some words of advice for Powell as he takes this next step in his career, "stay focused, be the first one there and the last to leave, work on your craft every day, and stay hungry."
Powell joins the ranks of other former Barnstormers who have earned an opportunity in the CFL.
Most recently, wide receiver Chris Matthews was signed to the Calgary Stampeders.
"I know Drew will compete and get better every practice. He will be a sponge in Saskatchewan and learn from a great coaching staff," said Coach Wooten. "With other Barnstormers moving up in the past, Drew is just another door open so others can move up as well."
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