Players to watch
Notre Dame College
The bruising tailback did what bruising tailbacks do. Powell piled up 278 yards on a whopping 38 touches last week. The junior is the Falcons go-to weapon on offense and will be a player the GVSU defense will look to slow down. GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell noted that much of the Falcons’ success through the air — mainly on play-action passes — was dictated by what Powell did on the ground.
The other side of that play action is Russ. The sophomore quarterback made his presence known last week, tossing five touchdown passes in Notre Dame College’s win over Mercyhurst. GVSU will focus on pressuring Russ, a quarterback with a different skill set than the scrambling antics of Western Oregon University’s Cody VonAppen last week.