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Teko Powell transferring from Illinois, cites program instability as reason for departure

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The junior recorded 34 tackles in 19 career games at Illinois

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Fighting Illini football's depth chart has taken another hit. On Wednesday, defensive lineman Teko Powell informed The News-Gazette of his intent to transfer from the program after four years in Champaign. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound junior was forced to miss 22 games over the past two years -- including the entire 2015 season -- with various foot injuries. Powell will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this Fall.

In 19 career games, Powell recorded a total of 34 tackles (1.0 TFL) for the Orange and Blue. While injury history may have played a big factor in this decision, Powell instead pointed towards a lack of program stability as a driving force for his departure. That makes sense, considering he's had relationships with four different head coaches at Illinois.

"I didn't have the best career at Illinois. I had four different head coaches that either recruited me or coached me. I'm looking for a more stable program with the last two years of eligibility that I'll have."


Kentucky, Miami, and Southern Illinois have already reached out to Powell, so it certainly appears he won't have a limited number options. Hopefully he's able to stay healthy and contribute wherever he ends ups.