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Indiana football interior lineman Dylan Powell the latest to confirm his return for 2021 season

The interior of Indiana’s offensive line received its third boost in the last week.

In an expected move, guard Dylan Powell (No. 72 in photo) announced his plan to return to IU for a sixth season.  That extra season was granted to Powell by the NCAA prior to the organization’s grant of an extra year of eligibility to all fall athletes.

Powell did not start to begin the season but ultimately was with the first team on six occasions during the 2020 campaign.  The 6-foot-3 and 305 pound Hannibal, Mo. product joined IU after graduating and transferring from Stanford following the 2019 season.

“I can’t wait to get back to Bloomington and get back to work with my guys. Not the way we wanted to end this season, but I promise the work will be done this offseason to ensure that we continue to progress and not feel that feeling again next year!” Powell said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

Guard Mackenzie Nworah announced his plans to return for a sixth year earlier this week.  The program also picked up Michigan transfer Zach Carpenter as an addition to the interior of its offensive line.

The team awaits the decision of starting center Harry Crider.

On Tuesday, Marcelino Ball, Raheem Layne, Mike Ziemba and Kham Taylor all announced their intent to return for the 2021 season.  Nworah and kicker Jared Smolar announced their plans to return on Wednesday.  Jon Blau of the Bloomington Herald Times reported that punter Haydon Whitehead is not expected to return.

We are now primarily waiting on announcements from receivers Ty Fryfogle and Whop Philyor, center Crider, and defensive linemen Jovan Swann and Jerome Johnson.

Powell graduated with a communications degree from Stanford University in Dec. 2019, and he is currently enrolled in the IU Kelley School of Business MBA program.

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