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2015 Banquet Speaker Jerraud Powers

Power-4Powers attended Decatur High School where he was an outstanding athlete in both football and basketball. Jerraud was an all-state football player. He was named All-Region his senior year and was rated a 3-Star prospect and the #13 player in the state of Alabama by scout.com. Rivals.com rated Powers the #8 player in Alabama following his senior season.

College career

2006 Season

Powers broke his foot during preseason workouts and it appeared at the time that he would have only a small chance to get on the field, but he was able to play. Powers earned playing time on special teams as a freshman. Powers recovered a critical onside kick in Auburn's 24-17 win over South Carolina. Powers also made a name for himself by blocking Eric Wilbur's third quarter punt in a home game against the eventual national champion Florida Gators. As a sophomore, Powers earned a starting spot at cornerback and played the entire season. He was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team on a pass defense that rated second in the SEC this season.

2007 Season

Powers had a very successful 2007 season and received the Zeke Smith Award, presented each year to Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year. Jerraud Powers is also remembered as the cornerback covering LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd on his one-handed touchdown grab with one second remaining in the 2007 Auburn-LSU game. Powers also received a lot of attention from ESPN when an Auburn police dog bit Powers hand after a play in the 2007 Iron Bowl. The incident prompted a review of security procedures at Auburn.

Dog Bites Auburn DB Jerraud Powers During Iron Bowl
November 25, 2007 - Larry Brown

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The game may have been under the radar for the national scene, but it was as important as ever in Alabama — Nick Saban's first taste of the Iron Bowl. Sadly for Saban, the Crimson Tide lost 17-10. On the other side of the ball, Auburn sophomore defensive back Jerraud Powers had a pick in the first half, helping his Tigers get the victory. In addition to gaining bragging rights from the win, Powers ended up with quite the battle scar:
After successfully defending a long pass during the fourth quarter, Powers was bitten on his left hand by a police dog stationed beyond the end zone. The sophomore celebrated by mimicking the referee's signal for an incomplete pass, which the dog interpreted as an aggressive act.

"I saw blood coming out of my glove. I started panicking," Powers said. " I was looking toward the sidelines and I was screaming, 'The dog bit me,' the next three plays. When I went into the training room I was like: Do I need a rabies shot? Then I thought about it and it is a federal dog. I'm sure he's the cleanest dog in America. I'll be sure to wash it out real good."

2008 Season

Powers returned for his junior season with high expectations after an impressive sophomore season. His matchup against Florida's wing right Percy Harvin was considered a key to the big game. Powers was impressive early in the season, leading Auburn to a shutout in the season opener. However, Powers played with

an injured hamstring and struggled through much of the season.[13] Powers was just one of many injured players on Auburn's 2008 football team; Auburn finished with a disappointing 5-7 record and missed the postseason for the first time this decade. Powers was interviewed by Opelika and Auburn TV. After the season, Powers decided to forgo his senior season at Auburn and enter the 2009 NFL Draft.

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Professional Career

Pre-draft

Powers was projected to be a possible NFL draft pick. Powers was rated 14 out of 239 cornerbacks and 110 out of 2,497 total players evaluated.


Indianapolis Colts

Despite being considered a prospect for a lower round, Jerraud was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round. He signed with the Colts on July 28, 2009, for a 4-year contract.
Powers began the 2009 season as a starter due to injuries to Marlin Jackson, and went on to start 12 of 16 games for the Colts. Despite injuries to three of the Colts' projected Defensive Backfield starters, Powers (along with fellow rookie Jacob Lacey) played well enough to put the Colts' pass defense at third in the league in Yards/Attempt. Powers recorded 66 tackles and an interception. On December 7, 2010 he was placed on season-ending injury reserve due to an arm injury.
In 2010, Powers played in 10 games, starting all of them. Powers had 53 tackles and 2 interceptions. On November 6, 2011, Powers had a pick six against Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. This was his first career touchdown. The Colts lost the game 31-7.

Arizona Cardinals

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Powers signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on March 13, 2013. Jerraud past stats tell the entire story - in the 58 games Powers has seen action during the last five years, all of them came with him in the starting lineup. The 2013 season marked one of the notable differences for the Auburn alum. In the first four years of his professional career, all at Indianapolis, he never appeared in more than 12 games. Last year, he started all regular season16 games for the Cardinals, setting single-season bests in total tackles (65) and pass breakups (14), the latter of which was a team-high. The 2014 season with the Arizona Cardinals is the best of his professional career.