You can change the location at any time. Reese’s Senior Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. There’but itches joke no face underneath the white helmet, only a long, scraggly orange beard against a blue canvas.
It could easily pass off as that of a Viking or some fantasy character. The logo is perfectly representative of Ike Powell, the former Auburn snapper who spent the past four seasons as the trigger-man on the Tigers’ special teams unit at starting long snapper. Powell has been snapping for a decade, since he was in seventh grade, and rarely has he received much notoriety. During his four-year Auburn career, he was never brought out for media interviews. He is, after all, a long snapper — hardly a glamor position in football. Everyone told me from the start: ‘You’re never going to get any glory, but you can make a career out of it,'” Powell said. If I can make a nice career out of it, not having interviews is not going to impede my path to the NFL.
Despite never speaking to the media during his Auburn career, Powell wasn’t some insignificant figure for the Tigers. He was a critical part of Auburn’s field goal unit the last four years, helping Daniel Carlson set the SEC career scoring mark and numerous Auburn kicking records. He’s a guy that if you know too much about him, he’s probably doing a bad job. He’s just been very consistent over the years. It makes my job that much easier. To Carlson’s point, most people around Auburn didn’t know too much about Powell — outside of a couple of identifying traits: his gloriously well-groomed beard and his number, 69, which resonates with the meme-influenced culture of a certain subset of college football fans on social media. Let’s start with the former — Powell’s beard.
Up until his sophomore year of high school at Tift County in Tifton, Ga. Then his facial hair started to come in. He has maintained at least some level of facial hair since then, but he really started to let it grow during his junior year at Auburn. It’s tough at first, because when it’s short it kind of itches everywhere, but once you get some length on it, it gets a little bit better,” Powell said. I fought it out, got it to where it is right now.
Maintaining it requires some dedication and proper grooming. He uses beard oil to keep it soft and straight — Snake Oil is the preferred brand — and shampoos his beard every morning, followed by a thorough brushing to keep it full and healthy. On gamedays, it protruded from under his chinstrap, which he said was more comfortable than one might imagine because the sweat kept it patted down. Plus, he said, it looks “pretty cool” in pictures.
That’s kind of what he’s known for, the beard,” Carlson said. It’s funny, but he loves that beard. Malzahn’s not a huge fan of it. No, it’s hard to compete with that. The beard has become part of Powell’s persona, and those who know him joke that he’d be unrecognizable if he were to shave it off. It inspired the aforementioned logo crafted with the help of his girlfriend on photoshop before his senior season and distributed on pins to family and friends to be worn on gamedays. Coming soon to a stadium near you pic.
I think it’s a big part of his personality,” said Casey Casper, the lead long-snapping instructor for Kohl’s who has worked with Powell for years. James Harden and other people have utilized. Ike has always had that big ol’ beard He’s kind of embraced it. Even the name Ike — the short name that not many people have. Powell has no plans of getting rid of it any time soon, unless an NFL team requires him to trim it. Now for the latter — Powell’s number, 69. When Powell first arrived at Auburn in the summer of 2014, he had no idea what number he was going to eventually wear.