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Harrell, Powell Back to Anchor Hawks' Frontline

January 9, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Everett Hawks News Release

EVERETT- The Hawks are proud to announce that two of last season's "biggest" contributors are back with the club after assignment by the League office. Clay Harrell, 6'2" 300 lbs., and Ed Powell, 6'3" 320 lbs., will try their hands at both offense and defense this season as the Hawks make the move up to af2. While both men have spent a majority of their time on the offensive side of the ball before, both are eager for a chance to attack the quarterback rather than protect him.

Clay Harrell hails from West Sacramento, CA and rejoins the Hawks for only his second indoor season. Clay came to the team last year fresh out of Northern State University in South Dakota. While at Northern State he received All-conference honors his senior season and was voted Offensive Lineman of the Week five times. Before Northern State, Clay attended Sierra Community College where he also earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore before transferring.

Ed Powell is also a youngster but joined the Hawks last season after starting all 16 games for the Billings Outlaws of the NIFL in 2004. Powell began his career at Chaffey Junior College and was a two-year starter before transferring to Utah State. After playing a back-up role for the Aggies his junior season, Powell became the starter for the club as a senior.

Harrell summed up the duo's mentality best when he said "I'm just looking forward to doing what defenders have been doing to me." These two hard-nosed players are eager to finally be the aggressors when the season opener rolls around March 30th against Bakersfield. With experienced linemen such as Harrell and Powell, the Hawks are hoping that this season will turn out "big" for them as well.

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