Tyvis Powell Has Surgery to Repair Sports Hernia

By Patrick Maks on July 4, 2014 at 10:00a

Tyvis Powell is expected to play a major role on Ohio State's defense next season, but he'll have to get healthy first.

The sophomore starting safety had surgery to repair a sports hernia in early June, sources told Eleven Warriors.

It’s unclear how or when Powell suffered the injury and whether the procedure will sideline him in any way for August's fall camp or the upcoming season. 

An Ohio State spokesman did not confirm the surgery, but Powell tweeted this June 16: 

And this: 

And this June 28: 

A sports hernia is defined as any strain or tear in the groin or lower abdomen and can vary in severity. Surgery is often needed to repair the damage and recovery can take six-12 weeks, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Based on Powell's above tweets, though, he seems to be making progress in rehab. 

Powell, a Bedford, Ohio, native, should be a key cog on a new-look pass defense that finished 112th nationally last season. 

"When you come to Ohio State, we wanna be considered the best. As far as last year goes, we were not the best defense,” Powell said after the team’s annual Spring Game April 12.

"I knew we had to make a drastic improvement in the pass defense. I feel like a lot of people just had this fear that they didn't wanna get beat deep and it didn't allow them to be aggressive on the short throws which was killing us. This year, we just said forget it: we're just gonna be aggressive and with our effort just make up for it.”

Powell totaled 48 tackles last year and made the game-clinching interception against Michigan Nov. 30 in Ann Arbor, Mich., to seal back-to-back undefeated regular seasons under coach Urban Meyer.

The Buckeyes open their 2014 campaign against Navy Aug. 30 in Baltimore, Md., at M&T Bank Stadium. 


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dubjayfootball90's picture

Get well soon, Big Guy! I love Tyvis and he was one of my favorite recruits when he signed with his lunch pail mentality. He is putting in work and it is definitely showing. KEEP IT UP!!!

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

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hspbuy1's picture

Keep on healing,get well!


Crimson's picture

Damn.  Burrows better not go down too.  Get better Bucks.

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BroJim's picture

There has been worse news in July. Get well soon young man.

I season my simple food with hunger

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hit_the_couch's picture

If he had a hernia repair in early June, then he should be about good by now.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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jonping67's picture

Both starting safety's (Powell & Bell) having surgery in the off season does not bode well for our troubled secondary, but at least it's not during the season.

I hope your recovery continues to go well Tyvis, we need a "Silver Bullet" back end and you are key to our success.


tennbuckeye19's picture

God bless Tyvis Powell! His interception against UM last year sealing the win cemented him as one of my favorite Buckeyes. No matter what he does with the rest of his career, I will never forget him.

I hope his recovery goes well.

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Jabba1977's picture

Hopefully Powell and Bell will be ready by August!! I cannot wait to see this team come together!!


OSUStu's picture

Groin feeling good today! 

That is always good news.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

Best of luck to all of our recovering buckeyes. Out of curiosity though, why does it seem like many of these players are getting surgeries so late in the offseason? Is it the timing of their injuries or were they just reluctant to do these corrective surgeries sooner? And further, will these late surgeries hurt the team as well as their playing careers? Braxton got hit with some questions as to why he waited to do his surgery until just before spring workouts, however it seems the training staff handled the setback in a rather unexpected and (what I hope) a wildly productive way. Anyways, your thoughts?

hit_the_couch's picture

I can't speak for all, but depending on the injury they don't always need surgery; they may initially start out minor then progress to the repair point. I've had several shoulder injuries (same shoulder) over time and have done PT three times, and it usually works (for myself and many). PT can take 6 weeks +. Many will try PT first to see the results and then opt for surgery if it doesn't work.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Squirrel Master's picture

O doubt they waited on this one. It had to have been a recent injury probably working out. You don't wait on a sports hernia. They don't heal on their own, have to have surgery.

Outside of Braxton, I think most of these surgeries have been timely. I have no doubt we will have a healthy team when camp starts. Then who knows. Stuff happens hence why it is important that incoming freshmen get ready fast. It was an issue last year.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

This article may as well have been "Tyvis Powell won't be doing squats for a month." It must be the offseason

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CowCat's picture

I like his comment about just letting go and being aggressive.

They won't have to worry about the deep ball if the receivers are misrouted and the QB is being knocked around by Bosa and Co.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Don't sleep on Erick Smith either folks. He is a 5* talent and one of the top safeties in the Nation that also possesses cover corner skills. Get well soon Ty, Buckeye Nation will be cheering on your recovery.One thing is for certain and that is whoever has to run out on the field that first day against Navy is going to be a talented hungry individual looking to punish people.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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PasadenaBuckeye626's picture

"Ohio State intercepts it.  Tyvis Powell saves the season!" - Brad Nessler

Go Bucks!

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Get well Tyvis!  We need you back at 100%.

Go Bucks!!

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BuckInNashville's picture

Guys, my family was away so I watched the UM , Wisconsin and MSU games on BTW last month. Our D wasn't bad - it was non-existent. There were two first rounders and one of the best collections of OSU D line talent I can remember. It wasn't the players. An overhaul in coaching and strategy is needed. Are you all hearing that Chris Ash can bring that? 

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Yes, it has already been said that the defense will scrap the zone as a base defense, (thank you God, I knew you were listening... no more 75 yard cushions) and instead use a man/press style as a base. This should pay dividends especially with all of the talent we have on the field.


Dougger's picture

This may have been discussed elsewhere throughout 11W but I've heard that even though Fickell is still a D-coordinator he actually won't be calling plays. Ash will be up in the box calling and Luke is going to stick to LB's. Bring back the silver bullets. 

Get better Tyvis. We need you and Vonn Bell (who should play every snap of every game this year) to get better. Super sophomores ROUND TWO!!! Bosa, Bell, EZE and Dontre show everyone what's up.

I like football

TossTrap's picture

One Buckeye down - all Buckeyes down.

Speedy recovery Tyvis!

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.