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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
AFC South High Energy Player of the Week

By Paul Kuharsky

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 6.

Second-year cornerback Jerraud Powers was all over the field for the Colts Sunday night in Washington, playing a huge role in a tough road win and earning AFC South High Energy Player of the Week honors.

Jerraud Powers
Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers was a playmaking machine Sunday night, recording 11 tackles.
Powers was credited with 11 tackles, matching Pat Angerer for the team high, with two for loss, two passes defensed and an interception.

That pick came on a well-read play in which he got in front of Santana Moss and caught Donovan McNabb's pass with his left hand. On a night when Pierre Garcon and Aaron Francisco made leaping one-hand catches, Powers’ play was overshadowed by those more athletic plays. But the interception came early in the game while things were scoreless, and on the very next play Peyton Manning hit Garcon for a 57-yard touchdown.

While Powers played tight coverage -- often pressing more pre-snap than Kelvin Hayden, the other starting corner -- he also played a significant role in run support as the Colts worked to contain Redskins running back Ryan Torain.

Powers looked to be at the top of his game, leaving little space for completions or ball carriers. It was an encouraging performance from a guy who’s become a key player for the Colts.