Florida Gators junior wide receiver Brandon Powell was ejected from Saturday afternoon’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers after throwing a punch (which was questionable, at best) in the opening minutes of the game’s fourth quarter.
The Gators had jumped out to an early 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Volunteers stormed back after being booed by the home crowd heading into halftime, scoring 38 unanswered points. Florida’s dominance over the Volunteers has been total over the past 11 years, having won each meeting since 2005. Both teams were 3-0 and jockeying for early position atop the SEC East entering Saturday.
A former three-star recruit out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Powell was a three-star recruit that was listed as an athlete coming out of high school. At just 5-foot-8 and 167 pounds, Powell was a member of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class and began as a running back, before eventually making the switch to wideout. He was heavily recruited, raking in offers from Notre Dame, Miami, Auburn, Florida State and many others, but ultimately chose to stay in-state and play for the Gators.
Entering the game on Saturday, Powell had 14 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns thus far in 2016. In 13 games last season, Powell made 29 catches, three of which ended with him crossing the goal line.
Powell serves as a starting wide receiver opposite sophomore Antonio Callaway for the Gators. His back-ups are senior Ahmad Fulwood and true freshman Freddie Swain.