Former Blue Bear QB & CIAA Player of the Year Signs to Canadian Football League



Charlotte, NC (October 9, 2018) - After leading his team to an Indoor Football League (IFL) Championship title, Drew Powell (Livingstone College '15), has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Earlier this year, Powell attended the Roughriders' mini-camp and is currently on the team's practice squad.

Powell was the 2018 Indoor Football League Most Valuable Player, leading the Iowa Barnstormers to their first United Bowl Championship. Powell completed 154-of-226 attempts for 1,604 yards, 34 touchdowns against four interceptions while rushing for league-high totals of 945 yards and 23 touchdowns. Missing two games due to a stint in the CFL, Powell was named IFL Offensive Player of the Week three times and topped 90 yards rushing in six games. Following the season, Powell was also named First Team All-IFL Quarterback.

 Prior to entering the professional league, Powell began his journey playing collegiately for Livingstone College. During his senior season in 2015 completed 184 of 315 passes for 2,166 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions plus rushing for 614 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition to winning Rookie of the year in 2012, Powell was named the CIAA's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2015. He had an outstanding career at Livingstone in which he set new records with 312 passing attempts, 732 passing completions, and 10,861 total yards. Throughout his time at Livingstone, Powell broke a total of 11 school records (six of which he collected his freshman season) and four CIAA records. 

After defeating the Edmonton Eskimos on October 8th, the Roughriders advance to a 10-5-0 record in the race for second place in the West Division. The Roughriders will take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday, October 20th at 2pm EDT. 

The 2018 CIAA Football Championship will be held on November 10th at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, VA. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm EDT. For tickets or more information, visit

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Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 13 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit For more information on the CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.