Ohio State: Tyvis Powell's Sugar Bowl interception celebrated back home in Bedford

Ohio State: Tyvis Powell's Sugar Bowl interception celebrated back home in Bedford

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Ohio State: Tyvis Powell's Sugar Bowl interception celebrated back home in Bedford

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Tyvis Powell is living a dream after his game-ending interception against Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.

Powell’s stardom almost didn’t happen.

After his sophomore year at Bedford High School, Powell decided to not play football the following year. It wasn’t until newly appointed head football coach Sean Williams put in his tape to see what kind of team he was inheriting.

When coach saw the 6-foot-3 sophomore on film and learned that he had the grades, Williams knew Powell had the potential to play at the next level. ”

“That is a bag of money walking,” Williams said, remembering back to that moment.

Williams tracked down Powell in the hallway and asked him to show up after baseball season was over. Powell showed up and after coach saw the way he moved, competed and how bad he wanted it. Williams told Powell he could get him to the next level if he was willing to put in the necessary time and effort. ”

“If you’re willing work, I’m willing to do it with you,” Williams told the underclassman.

Powell committed to play football his junior season.

Following his junior campaign, Williams  told Powell that he could play the game “spin the map” to pick his college destination.

“If you spin the U.S. map, you put your finger on it and we will pick the best school in that state and we will go; you are that good.”

Fortunately,for Ohio State, the “Map Game” never happened, Powell’s love for Ohio State ran deep.

Now the redshirt sophomore safety is setting his eyes on a national championship and the entire Bedford community is along for the ride

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