A Message from Tyvis Powell

By Jason Priestas on June 4, 2013 at 11:44a
Ohio State nickleback Tyvis Powell is ready to rock.

The following is a message from redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell, named Ohio State's starting nickelback in spring camp.

A little over two years ago, I made my childhood dream come true. On June 1, 2011, I committed to being a student-athlete for Thee Ohio State University.

Although I made this great decision, I have failed so far at completing my goals. First off I would like to apologize to all of the Tyvis Powell "Believers." I know you guys had high expectations for me last season. Last year, I felt like I let all of you down. I just think i kind of grew complacent with just being here.

When we started the offseason in January, I made a promise to myself that I would work as hard as I could to redeem myself. Which is why discontinued my Twitter and Facebook account. I did not want any distractions while I was on this mission. As you can see, the hard work in the off season paid off during the spring, because I was able to become the starting nickel for Thee Ohio State University. (I still get chills just thinking about it. Lol) You guys don't know how many years I've been waiting to be able to say that.

Now that the spring is over, I still feel like I'm not where I need to be. We have a saying in the secondary called "B.I.A." Which stands for "Best In America" and right now I do not feel like I am the best nickel in America. Which is why I've been dedicating myself to my workouts. I try to lift six days a week and do footwork and drills every day. So far Armani Reeves and myself have been working non-stop.

In all honesty, I'm doing this for you guys. I don't want to let y'all down again. Y'all are my motivation.

The other day I read "Open Letter from Buckeye Nation to Tyvis Powell" and your kind words are what helps me make it through tough situations. I realized that without y'all there is no me. I believe I need y'all more than y'all need me. So what I want to really say is: Thank You for believing in me.

I promise Buckeye Nation that I will not let you down. I understand that I will have heavy competition this summer, but the difference between the competition and myself is that it means so much more to me. I learned that to play in this secondary you have to be willing to overcome all situations. No matter what challenge they throw in front of you, you have to find a way to beat it. I'm going to apply that attitude towards fall camp by out working all of the competition.

This year every one is expecting us to win the national championship, and either you can embrace it or run from it. Well I'm here to tell you that everyone is embracing the challenge. I can honestly say that there has been a ton of change in attitudes and behaviors. Buckeye Nation, we are going for it all this year.

Put on your seat belts because its going to be a long season. Remember "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance." As long as we all stick together nobody can beat us.



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SilverBulletNYC's picture

Great kid.

The South will NOT rise again!

OSU_undergrad's picture

Last year at OSU I had the opportunity to meet Tyvis, because we lived on the same floor of the same dorm (he did not live with other players yet because he was an early enrollee). His gratefulness and dedication, even last year, were absolutely astounding and made me reconsider what I thought of a lot of players at the university. He never once joined roommates in drinking or partying, and instead was 100% dedicated to football and classes. As an observer I can confirm Tyvis's words, and your sentiment.

jedkat's picture


"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

Buckeye06's picture

As long as you give 100% to Buckeye Nation, they will give 100% back to you.  As sappy as this is, this letter brought a tear to my eye.  I will personally be following you at home against San Diego State, at Cal, at NW, and I expect to be right there with you guys in January when we take home the Crystal

steensn's picture

That picture makes him look like a 30 year old man, not a kid.

Ohio State Ombre's picture

his words make him sound like a man

SilverState's picture

Matured maybe.  Old man, I don't think so.

E2Brutus's picture

Allow me to start the slow clap...
Fantastic! Can't wait for Fall!

Hovenaut's picture


For any recruits reading up on Buckeye football, Tyvis' words are a damn fine example of what this program is about.

Well done Tyvis Powell!

spqr2008's picture

He is quite possibly my favorite Buckeye player of all time, just due to his attitude, commitment, and personality.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Literally gives me chills. What an amazing guy. 

Becool12's picture

Dammit I love the way this dude does business. Man, he is a very mature man and I am happy we offered. I couldn't imagine him playing anywhere else. I guess the good part of Tressel getting fired is we were able to get kids who really wanted to be Buckeyes. 

mh277907's picture

I don't know if that is fair to say. There were hundreds of kids that were recruited and played for JT who I am 100% positive really wanted to be Buckeyes. I think the main difference between this staff and the last is the never ending mission to better each and every person involved with the program every single day of the year. Not to say Buckeyes under Tress did not work hard everyday, but this staff is proving that they are taking that concept to a new level.


labuck's picture

I think what he meant was, when Tressel was fired the only people who committed to Ohio State were kids who really wanted to be Buckeyes because the future was so uncertain.  I don't think he was taking a dig at Tress by his comment, but I could be wrong.

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

That was the way I took it too.

Becool12's picture

Thanks, that is exactly what I meant. When Tress was fired, all the big named players started ignoring us and the ones who really wanted to be Buckeyes were able to prove themselves. The blue-collard players made that class what it was and not the blue-chip. I'm a huge Tressel fan, always will be. That was in no way meant to be offensive

FloridaBuck's picture

This kid is an example of what makes tOSU so special.  Damn, I love my school.

ODEEZ330's picture

This kid is great

stark county football

Buckeye06's picture

Is there any way this could be moved to the main section of the website? 
Also, any way we could get a player in for an inside view once a week during the season? (would love this to be possible to get into the world)

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Great idea @buckeye06. This is an amazing piece that should be showcased!

Crimson's picture

For the second question: no.  They have enough to do during the season.  Offseason, why not?

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I'm just going to put myself in a controlled coma so when i wake up it is footbaaaaaawl season. O-H!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

brandonbauer87's picture

Love it. Keep up the great work Tyvis.

Buckeyeneer's picture

What a thoughtful and well written letter from a talented young man! Gives me hope for the future!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

TheShookster's picture

All Aboard TheShookster train, which will be heading through the nearest wall NOW. We know you won't let us down Tyvis

He ain't even stretch doe!!

Grayskullsession's picture

We love you Tyvis! Keep up the hard work.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

dubjayfootball90's picture

Ok. I just got back from the gym. I had a good pump going. First thing that happened when I clicked on this, I instantly felt small and insignificant, and I said, verbatim: "Holy S***, he got big!"
When he committed, he was my favorite commit. A true lunchpail kind of guy. DO WORK SON!!!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

MN Buckeye's picture

Dubs, do you mean TP or PT? or both?

dubjayfootball90's picture

Haha. I meant to say: Get some, TP!!!
The comma was missing. Grammar goes out the window when I get excited.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Very impressive. We need more stories on kids like this. Wow. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Well done sir. Makes me even more hungry for the season to begin.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

DR. WHO for the win

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

GoBucksToledo's picture

Dear Mr. Damnit Tyvis,
I think I speak for everyone here on 11W when I say that we are proud of you and your renewed dedication and expect that we will see your best when you hit the field throughout the fall and for your entire career at Thee Ohio State University. 
We love you man!

9Route's picture

I'm just happy to be here

USMC11917's picture

Just the rumor of Tebow being hired in some sort of capacity seems to be rubbing off on our men. This is the selfless, anti-Pryor attitude I have been waiting to see in our men. This guy motivates the hell out of me. #Veryproud Tyvis, I hope you read this: Good on you! You have earned a fan by your words, now earn your legend by your actions!

buckeye92's picture

Wow, just a great young man. Best wishes to you sir.

gobucks96's picture

Why can't every kid be like him?....

Evansvillebuckeye's picture

It looks like we all have a Buckeye with the initials T.P. worth rooting for again....go Bucks!!

pcuzz1's picture

I still have the chills 10 minutes later!!! Cant wait for the season and cant wait to watch tyvis out there ballin!!!!

pat cozzens

hodge's picture

I remember when he committed during the teeth of Tatgate...homeboy's got some serious love for this team, and I've been rooting for him since Eleven Dub first profiled him.  His devotion to OSU is impressive, but his commitment to excellence is what makes him great.
The word Kung-Fu is Cantonese for skill: Kung means time and Fu means effort, yet it's only upon the convergence of the two words that skill can be achieved--kudos to Tyvis and his brothers as they do just that.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Confucius say, "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

Confucius also say: "man who stands on toilet, high on pot."

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I will be rooting big time for this kid man in the upcoming season! 
You always hope that great character guys like Powell will also turn into great on-field performers, but sometimes the best performers aren't yet class acts and/or mature at that age (I won't mention any names . . . okay, Derek Ross . . .). 

Katzfan's picture

Simply stated... This my Buckeye brethren, is called LEADERSHIP! Some possess it, others only WISH they did...

hardkorethree's picture

Tyvis is one impressive man!  Even after his redshirt season, I had a feeling he would become a quality player for us.  I was remarkably impressed to hear the fine words of praise during spring camp and seeing he had been named the starting Nickelback.  This post wasn't about himself as well.  Includes his teammates in the post, specifically mentions Armani, and thanks the fans for the support- Wow!
Tyvis- I wish the best of luck to you man.  You haven't let Buckeye Nation down by any imagination.  Keep working hard in football, academics, and life man.  I sincerely hope to see you donning the scarlet and gray as the starting Nickel this year.

Buckeye06's picture

Is this guy expected to be Nickel this year and move to become a safety in the future?  Huge body type could even move into a LBer position or a Star

Bucks43201's picture

starting at OSU for even one game is impressive, but starting as a RS Sophomore (I think he's a RS Soph.) ... that is quite impressive
good luck young man!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

toad1204's picture

Scratch that I found a better one...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

SPreston2001's picture

Love it!!! Proud of you Tyvis!!

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Keep working hard Tyvis, Buckeye Nation supports you 100%!!!

"Ball Until I Fall"


Buck_Michigan's picture

Talk about a young man that gets it.  This is what it means to be a Buckeye and obviously Tyvis understands the sacrifice it takes to be the best - not just on the field but in the classroom and in his personal life as well.  I have the utmost respect for you Tyvis.  Opening day cannot come quick enough!

2012 Beat Michigan Tail gate:  UFM:  "Let’s beat the sh*t out of Michigan, have a good night."

cplunk's picture

In the spring workout drills and videos I saw, Tyvis was tearing it up. This kid is awesome. I am so glad he is a Buckeye.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

This is why star ratings are overvalued in recruiting. Tyvis was a three-star recruit. He's already shown more character, dedication, and heart than a lot of so called 5-stars do their whole careers. You go 23!

progolfer107's picture

Great kid. Definitely matured and looks like he will knock snot bubbles out of people this year.

OSUs12-OH's picture

I really wish I read this at the Weight Room for real.  This kids made me want to play again. Love the 5 Ps at the end.  "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance." I can see the coaches are making an impression on this young man.  Loved this...it made my day to be honest.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

6 Ps

"Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance"

Patriot4098's picture

Of course he looks and sounds like a man. He's thee starting nickel for Thee Ohio State University.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

I said it from day 1, and I'll say it again... this kid *gets it*.  He's such a standup Buckeye.  So proud of Tyvis, and his legend is continuing to grow.  Everyone always talks about "Top 5 Favorite Buckeyes", etc.  I've always listed Powell, even tho he's never really played many significant minutes for the Buckeyes.  The kid is just a standup guy who *wants* to be a Buckeye, and truly tries to make BuckeyeNation proud.  And he does.  Tyvis... man, keep up the great work.  So proud of you, and I will continue to pull for you for many years to come. 

Bucknut-in-the-South's picture

Mr. Powell,
In my 50 years plus of following Buckeye athletics, I have been exposed to a large number of very impressive people, both on and off the field.  I knew Fred Taylor, met John Havlicek, taped Archie Griffin's ankles, had class with Randy Gradishar, and was regularly punked on the basketball court by Corny Greene, Bubba France, and Doug Plank.  All of them, off the field or the court, were thoughtful, intelligent gentlemen.  As of this writing, I am adding your name to the list of scholar-athletes who fully understand the gift they have been given and the responsibility that entails. If you never start a game in your career, you have already contributed much to the Buckeye family through your attitude, your dedication, and your humility. As of this moment, you are officially my current favorite Buckeye footballer. I am ordering a jersey with your number on it, which I will wear proudly in the Shoe on September 28th, the night when you and your teammates show the Badgers what football is all about. Stay grounded, young man, and remember that there is one old man in the mountains of North Carolina who will always have your back.

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

Man that made me want to tighten up my boot straps and dig a little deeper.

Poison nuts's picture

Me too.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Alpo's picture

Wow BITS, you gave me chills there. Almost as many as when I read Tyvis's letter.
     What an amazing kid, here's to wishing him success on and off the field for a long time to come. This is the kind of kid every team, company, or family could ever want to have and be extremely proud of. Very impressive young man!

d1145fresh's picture

This is the very definition of "The Chase" that UFM has instilled in these young men this season. While OSU will have highs and lows take some time to sit back and enjoy the fact that you are a fan of the best college football program in America. 

osubuck57's picture

Definition of a guy who bleeds Scarlet and Grey!! Hope he has a great season and a brighter future!! GO BUCS!!


ATT2121's picture

Can not wait until football season! I haven't been this excited for the start of a season since Troy's senior year. I'm glad Tyvis is on our side!


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

Buckeyefan52's picture

2 star my ***!!! Go get 'em Tyvis!

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

Young men like Tyvis are the reason my family has and always will cheer for the Buckeyes... He's earned the opportunity to be great and works harder every day. Something a lot of young men in his position could learn...

falconlax13's picture

Tyvis Powell has become one of my favorite players after this; I'm  gonna need to pick up a 23 jersey soon! I can see Tyvis being a fantastic leader in the future (or present for that matter)

Poison nuts's picture

Hey Tyvis - we love you too. Thanks for that - because I'm not sure I ever read something like that from a football player or athlete, Buckeye or otherwise. You are indeed the man, you have a fan for life.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

Hope Vonn Bell follows his lead.  Could be a helluva mentor for him.  Those two guys roaming the secondary in the middle along with the stacked corners we've been getting...