Meet a Buckeye: Tyvis Powell
Powell studies football, options for future
Redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell has taken ownership of the nickel back spot on defense.
Tyvis Powell is just as serious about academics as he is football. He competed in football, basketball, baseball and track in high school - and never missed a day of school. Rated the the 33rd best cornerback prospect nationally by Rivals.com two years ago, Powell took a redshirt season last year after enrolling early at Ohio State. He stayed busy off the field, however, and was honored as a 2012 OSU scholar-athlete. Coaches moved him to safety this past spring, then to nickel back, and he has since taken control of the spot.
Question: What is your favorite activity past football and taking care of academic requirements?
Answer: I play video games with my roommates, and we just sit back and talk about life. I also talk a lot with my high-school head coach (Sean Williams) about things I might be dealing with at the time.
Q: Compared to this time a year ago, you are now one of the regular players. How has that affected your time for other things?
A: It’s all about time management. You have to use all of your time wisely during the day, know what you need to get done, then get it done as soon as possible rather than procrastinate.
Q: What difference has playing made in your actual football week?
A: Of course I watch a ton more film. I am studying the plays we’re going to run, I study the game plan more. Watching film, I am looking for tendencies of the opponent, things they like to do in certain sets.
Q: Being a regular player now, are people starting to recognize you in public?
A: I try to keep a low profile, but some people tend to know who I am. I mean, you really can’t hide being 6-3 (laughs).
Q: How do you respond after they figure out who you are?
A: It’s a humbling experience. I sit back and talk to them, because you know college is mostly about networking. So I like to talk to different people, crack jokes with them, get to know them.
Q: When did you figure out the college experience could be about a lot more than just football and academics?
A: Over the summer we had meetings about it. Our coaches talk about how college is just as much about getting to know people as anything else. That’s when it really hit me that I needed to be talking to other people outside of my fellow football players and getting to know them.
Q: So you are already looking at your life post-football, whenever that comes?
A: Oh yeah. I am focused my major right now — I’m going into Sports Industry — and I could see myself getting into broadcasting, talking about the game. If not, I could see myself going into the sales and marketing part of sports. I just like to be around sports.
Q: Could you see yourself branching into other sports?
A: I would love to be around football, but where ever the job is — basketball, baseball, or something like that, I wouldn’t mind doing that either.
Q: Back to football, how does it change you when you know you’re going to be playing a lot as opposed to just watching?
A: Preparation is the most important thing. I try to be really locked in on what the coaches are saying and trying to pick up all of the concepts each week. That way in the game I know exactly what I’m looking for and know exactly what I’m doing.