Drake Powell

#9 Drake Powell

HT. 6-2
WT. 185
YR. Fr.
HOMETOWN Clinton, Tenn.

2016 Season

Played in all 11 games, making nine starts … Led the Bucs in receiving yards (431) and receptions (29) … Had at least one reception in 10 of the 11 games … Recorded career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (143), while also scoring his first collegiate touchdown at Mercer (Nov. 5) … His touchdown was a 66-yard reception, marking his longest catch as a Buccaneer … Recorded three catches for 70 yards at The Citadel (Oct. 29) … Registered four receptions for 41 yards in the win over Western Carolina at Bristol Motor Speedway … Finished with four catches for 59 yards in the win over No. 18 Samford … Named Bowman Jewelers Offensive Player of the Week against Mercer and The Citadel.

2015 Season

Started in the first eight games before missing the final three with a season-ending injury … Totaled 22 receptions for 173 yards on the season … Led the Bucs in receptions against Maryville (7) and Charleston Southern (3) … Had a season-high 50 receiving yards in collegiate debut vs. Kennesaw State (Sept. 3) – including a 41-yard reception against the Owls … Followed that up with his seven catches for 49 yards the week later vs. Maryville (Sept. 10) … Registered five catches for 45 yards over Emory & Henry (Sept. 26) … Had at least one reception in seven of his eight games played. 

Prior to ETSU

Was a three-sport standout while also playing four football seasons at Clinton High School … was an all-state selection and participated in the Border Bowl All-Star Game … set school records for receptions and yards in a single game, as well as new marks for receptions and yards in a season … had 94 receptions, 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2013 season.


Born July 28, 1996 … son of Ron and Karen Eslinger … expecting to major in sports science … played for high school coach Josh Kerr.