USC's Quinton Powell plans to build on special teams recognition

USC's Quinton Powell plans to build on special teams recognition
USC's Quinton Powell celebrates during a game against Stanford in 2013. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

USC linebacker Quinton Powell is already working with an eye toward next season.

The sophomore from Florida is on a mission to add muscle and bulk.

"I'm doing my best to work out a lot and I'm putting forth my best effort to eat every second," said the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Powell. "My intention is to be 215 going into spring and gain more if I need to and be ready for next season."

Powell has 13 tackles, including two for losses.

Powell was a back-up on defense and a standout on special teams. At the team banquet this week, he was recognized as the Trojans' special teams player of the year.

"It meant a lot," he said. "Special teams is something that I had to take ownership of. It made me a leader."